Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Obviously I welcome your decision about daily caps as far as it goes, but I do not think it helps those who perhaps work one day a week or who have very variable part-time work.


Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No, I have to be honest about that.  No.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Given that there was unanimous support in the Assembly, will you rethink your hike of outer London daily fares?  If you will not for this year, will you at least reverse this anomaly for next year’s fares package?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No.  We have gone a long way to satisfying the needs of outer London part-time workers.  People who are working two or more days a week in my view satisfy my definition of ‘part-time workers’.  Their concerns will have been addressed.  The refund system that TfL has been able to come up with is a smart way forward and that is where we will stay.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  For next year’s fares package, if you are not going to change it this year, will you look at reversing this anomaly for those who just travel one day a week?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I will be honest with you, Caroline.  It is unlikely.  We are where we are and this is a good package for part-time workers.  That was the intention.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  That is a shame because it is only £2 million for what you have decided to do. £10 million was the total budget and so it is only one-fifth of part-time workers you are effectively helping. 


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Hang on.  By this programme, we have helped 200,000 part-time workers already.  We are now helping the overwhelming majority of part-time workers and the huge numbers of part-time workers who were affected by the problem that was identified.  We have gone a long way to sorting out the problem for the overwhelming majority of people.  The vast majority of people in this city are benefiting from the reductions in the daily caps, a move that helps part-time workers.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  I would just encourage you to look at this in next year’s fares package to try to make sure there is something that is fair for everyone, however many hours they work, if they are a part-time worker.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  We always look at all fares packages with a great deal of imagination and fertility of thought, but this is as good as you are going to get.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Thank you.