Decent Homes (2) (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, when considering the allocation of funds for Decent Homes to boroughs, can you at least seek some assurance that those boroughs are going to spend that money in the most effective way possible, and treat with some suspicion and scepticism the very many Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes in London that have resulted in very poor value for money? I refer, in particular, to the PFI contracts let by the previous Liberal Democrat administration in Islington, which is £110 million over budget and subject to legal proceedings as we speak.

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Answer for Decent Homes (2) (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Decent Homes (2) (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

): It is vital that we get value for money from Decent Homes spending. That is why I will get back to Mike about the two star status.

Just on the PFI, people do not realise in London what a catastrophe the PFI continues to be and the huge distortions it is continuing to introduce, for instance, in the health service. I am not familiar with your particular complaint about the PFI but I will be very happy to receive more information about it.

Andrew Boff (AM): I have got a feeling, over the next few months, Mr Mayor, that you will be made familiar with that Islington situation.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I will be very happy to look at it.