Equality Impact of 2012 Fare Rise

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3940
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your answer to my question 3549/2011 is that you have conducted an Equality Impact Assessment into your Fare Rises for 2012. You direct me to your Mayoral Decision 886 as proof of this. Your MD886 says that your decision to raise fares in 2012 complies with legislation, however, if does not say that you conducted an Equality Impact Assessment. Please provide specific answers to each of the following questions about the Equality Impact Assessment you undertook on your decision to raise fares in 2012:

1) When and over what period was you Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 fare rise undertaken?

2) By whom was the Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 fare rise undertaken?

3) What methodology was applied to your Equality Impact Assessment?

4) What consultations with key stakeholders and community groups did you undertake during the process of your Equality Impact Assessment?

5) When was your Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 Fare Rises published?

6) Who reviewed the findings of your into Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 Fare Rises?

7) Will you share the full report from the Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 fare rises with me?

8) Will you publish the full report from the Equality Impact Assessment into your 2012 fare rises on www.london.gov.uk so that Londoners may examine its findings?

9) Within the findings of your Equality Impact Assessment what were your definitive conclusions, if any, about the impact of the 2012 fare rises on the following groups: • Women • Elderly Londoners • Those on Social Benefits • BAME Groups • Disabled Londoners

Answer

Answer for Equality Impact of 2012 Fare Rise

Answer for Equality Impact of 2012 Fare Rise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To add to my previous answer, next January's fares changes form part of the package of policies set out in the 2010 TfL Business Plan.  I can confirm that an EQIA assessment of the 2010 Plan, including the proposals to increase fares, has been carried out in conjunction with TfL's Equality and Inclusion Team.

As I said in my previous answer, I am fully aware the impacts of the fares increase and I agreed to the increases only because the alternatives - to reduce services or to raise the council tax precept - were even less palatable. 

Reducing services would bear just as much on the groups mentioned in the question and would also have affected concession holders including the elderly and disabled - groups that my fares package has safeguarded.

Increasing the GLA's precept from the Council Tax would put a further burden on Londoners.  Given the increase of over 150% in the GLA precept between 2000 and 2008, I took the decision not to go further down the Council Tax route. 

As far as the specific groups mentioned in the question go, I would make the following points:

Elderly and disabled: I am maintaining the extension of the Freedom Pass to cover the am peak despite the withdrawal of support from the London Boroughs.

People on social benefits: I inherited a scheme funded by the people of Venezuela, with a take-up of 80,000.  I have taken over the funding of this scheme myself and expanded the scope so that take-up is currently 130,000.

Women and BAME groups: around 75% of the yield from the new fares will come from Tube and Rail users - where the gender balance is pretty equal and nearly 80% of users are from the ABC1 social groups.

While more bus users are women, I have protected all the concessions for children and families, while ensuring that the services on which women and BAME groups disproportionately rely, are maintained and improved.