Reprioritisation of Programmes

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps are you taking to reprioritise City Hall programmes in the light of recent economic developments?


Answer for Reprioritisation of Programmes

Answer for Reprioritisation of Programmes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am promoting a range of policies which will help London in the current climate, including: · Refocusing the LDA to be more efficient and effective in supporting the London economy; · Working to remove the inflexible rule that 50 per cent of all new homes built be affordable, which risked discouraging development, whilst supporting a goal of 50,000 new affordable homes for London over three years; · Raising the London Living Wage to £7.45 and ensuring the continuing roll out of this through GLA Group contracts; · Committing the GLA Group to support at least 1,000 apprenticeships per year over the next few years; · Providing cheaper transport for those on low incomes. Regarding City Hall expenditure, in September, I announced a freeze of our precept which will ensure hard-pressed Londoners do not have to pay more for our services, and across the GLA Group as a whole, I am pursuing increased value for money through my budget process and engagement with the functional bodies.I have also initiated the development of an Economic Recovery Action Plan designed to support London through the downturn, looking across the GLA Group at: · how we can mitigate the downturn · how we can help Londoners cope with the downturn; and · how we can position London for long term recovery This work is now well underway, and I expect to be able to publish the Plan in December. If Assembly members have concrete practical suggestions for inclusion in this plan, please put those forward as soon as possible to Anthony Browne, who is leading this area of work for me. I would urge you and others to remain positive about London and its prospects - despite current difficulties, London remains well positioned for growth in the longer term, based on its enormous strengths including a skilled and adaptable workforce, and unique global connections. I am committed to doing everything in my power to help London cope with this downturn, but it is also vital that central government continues to play its part by investing in London, so that the capital can continue its vital contribution to the national economy.