Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Bob Neill
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What confidence can you have in that when TfL has over the coming years a deficit, or a funding gap, of some £560 million when Government so far has indicated reductions in grant to London Transport of £150 million plus and £200 million plus? Does that not speak of a pretty bad deal that you have done for London in negotiating with Government when we have actually ended up with less grant coming in than we are raising? We have actually ended up with this £560 million funding gap. Does that not fundamentally undermine your whole plan?

Answer

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I would point out that the Government grant to the GLA Group is 60% up on what is was the day we were all elected. If over the coming four years we could get even half of that, London will have a tremendous quality of public transport and policing provision. Let us keep making the case for London but let us not pretend that Government has not already responded substantially.

The increased expenditure on transport grant coming to us is nearly £1 billion per year and the Government gave us that commitment. We clearly do not want to see that reduced and this will be a major part of the debate in the run-up to the election next year. I suspect the campaign itself will be a major influence on the Government in allocating resources for transport and policing is SR2004.