Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Steve O’Connell AM:  Mr Mayor, I would echo Richard Tracey’s comments around the off-peak cap and would advise you in future to perhaps avoid these pitfalls in working with TfL.  I thank you, however, for reacting very quickly, though I would urge you to ask TfL to perhaps do a fresh push on the Oyster card.  There are still a very small number of people who are left in a worse position.  They will benefit, clearly, from using the Oyster Card.

 

Moving on, first of all I would like to welcome very much the renewal of the Outer London Fund, which is a commitment that was an innovation led by you and is welcomed very much by the outer London boroughs.

 

My last point is a question to you around special constables.  Again, I very much welcome the support that you are giving to special constables in your budget around discounts to the council tax.  As we are aware around this horseshoe, special constables serve a very strong purpose in the neighbourhoods supporting the local policing teams and this will be welcomed very much.  However, I would also urge you to work with MOPAC through your budget to see further ways that you can encourage and support special constables and in your conversations with the Commissioner to urge him to ensure that special constables are supported fully through the MPS.  In essence, thank you for supporting them but they do need more support, Mr Mayor.

Answer

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am grateful to you, Steve, and thank you for all the support that you have given to policing in London over the years and indeed to policing in Croydon, where clearly Safer Neighbourhood Teams and special constables play a very important role.

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  OK.  Thank you.