Mayor's Vision for Cycling

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4202
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question No: 97 / 2013: "While there is a lot of money (or at least a lot promised) through the Mayor's Vision for Cycling, Camden don't have enough officers to progress quickly to make improvements. Whilst TfL have given temporary money to assist with hiring people, would it not be better if boroughs had capacity and experts in post on permanent contract funded by TfL?" amd your answer, "TfL is discussing possible solutions with London Councils and individual boroughs including Camden", what possible solutions are under discussion and what is the timetable for them to be implemented ?

Answer

Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling

Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has provided LB Camden with funding for temporary staff support to help scope and deliver the Central London Grid.

In addition, boroughs are able to bid for staff support for 2014/15 to 2016/17 through the Borough Cycle Programme. Camden has submitted a bid for funding. Submissions are currently being reviewed and an announcement on the allocations will be made late this year.

Boroughs are able to re-charge a reasonable proportion of their staff time that is required to support the development and delivery of LIP schemes. Despite significant pressures on TfL's budget, LIP funding will be held constant for the next three years (2014/15 to 2016/17); in line with the £147.8 million funding that has been allocated in the current financial year.

As you may know, Camden Council is not unique in having these challenges. London Councils is also leading on a joint working initiative between TfL and the boroughs, to help ensure London has sufficient skilled staff to deliver current and future transport programmes. A Working Group has been set up to look at this in more detail and explore a number of proposals, including more sharing of staff between boroughs and TfL, secondments and job swaps, and training up new staff through graduate schemes and apprenticeships. More information on this can be found at: http://londoncouncils.gov.uk/committees/agenda.htm?pk_agenda_items=5431