Inflation and fares (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I am a bit worried that you are just putting your head in the sand and not accepting what everybody seems to know; that public spending is going to be cut and cut quite savagely and, in fact, there are people on your Conservative team here - if you can call them a team because a team works together does it not - on your Conservative Group, who actually want more and bigger cuts in public spending even than we might envisage. So you seem to be not prepared to say anything about difficult decisions.

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Answer for Inflation and fares (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Inflation and fares (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not understand this at all. Not only do I accept the need for cuts in public spending but I think, if you look at what we have been doing in this building, and indeed what all of you -- I congratulate you on the cuts you have been instituting in your allowances of one kind or another. I think that is --

Jenny Jones (AM): But you cannot have cuts and ...

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- absolutely correct. That is why we have been able to freeze the council tax, our share of the council tax precept --

Jenny Jones (AM): You are expecting bus passengers to pick up the cost?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- that is why we are making cuts of £2.4 billion in the TfL budget --

Jenny Jones (AM): Back to buses. Buses. Buses.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- that is why, I think, about 1,000 people have come out of London Underground --

Jenny Jones (AM): You are expecting bus passengers --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- 750 people from the back office --

Jenny Jones (AM): Buses. You are expecting bus passengers to pick up the slack. You are going to drive people off the buses. You are going to put more cars on the road.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Absolute nonsense. Not for the first time I simply do not know what you are talking about.

Jenny Jones (AM): And, as John [Biggs] says, you are going to just say, 'Oh it's not my fault; it's the Government's fault' whenever it happens.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Jenny [Jones] --

Jenny Jones (AM): But if you do not plan. You have got to have a plan. I do not understand why you cannot tell us about your plan, because your plan must contain some of the options we have gone through today.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am not going to discuss, now, what the fares package is going to be for 2010 --

Jenny Jones (AM): Thank you, Chair.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- but, suffice it to say --

Jenny Jones (AM): Absolutely no point in asking questions.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- it will be no surprise to you or anybody watching and anybody in London, there are huge pressures on our budget. We have a massive black hole to deal with --

Jenny Jones (AM): Thank you, but you are not giving us any ideas about what you are going to do. Thank you, Chair. I have heard enough of repetition and irrelevance.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): -- and, no, I am not going to reveal the fares package today.