Valerie Shawcross CBE AM: We are glad that you have made a partial backtrack on the way to help relieve off-peak passengers from a problem that you created.
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Off-peak part-time workers.
Valerie Shawcross CBE AM: Yes, for part-time workers. Mr Mayor, you do need to accept that this is just one of the many ways in which you did make the entire transport system unaffordable for many Londoners.
I just want to talk to you about a particular case study. A young graduate called Kim gave us her story. She is one of two million Londoners living on the National Minimum Wage. There are two million Londoners living on the National Minimum Wage. She travels from Hillingdon in Zone 6 into Zone 1 to work in a hospitality job and her journey now costs her £58.50 a week. That is almost a quarter of her weekly salary, yet in 2008 she would have paid 31% less. She would have been paying £44.60.
Obviously, this is not a unique case, Mr Mayor. Your fare increases have affected millions of Londoners living on the National Minimum Wage. The rise has completely put into the shade any tiny reduction in the council tax. You have been charging the fares in pounds and pounds, not relieving them in pennies