Chancellor's Budget

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5224
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I agree with your description of the budget as 'the most anti-London in a generation'. The Chancellor has failed us on many accounts but I see this as a slap in the face of Londoners due to his failure to announce any new money for affordable housing in London and not providing further funding for London's policing which is under crisis. How do you plan to tackle what is, in my view, this massive blow?

Answer

Answer for Chancellor's Budget

Answer for Chancellor's Budget

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Londoners know that I have put aside party politics over the past 18 months and worked hard to get a good deal for the capital from the Government and I will continue to fight for the best deal for Londoners. That being said, it was certainly the most anti-London Budget in a generation, from a Government that has shown contempt for Londoners.

I am striving to secure the best deal for Londoners and deliver better services that will improve the lives of all Londoners. My most recent London Plan sets out clear measures to put Londoners at the heart of planning and strategic decision making for our great city.

It's a hugely disappointing that the Government Budget refused to back the Metropolitan Police. I have made clear to the Government that their failure to address this funding crisis will mean that police officer numbers will begin to fall.

The Government's most astonishing Budget failure is on housing with the Chancellor not announcing a penny of extra grant for affordable housing in London - even though we know the current spending is less than a fifth of what we need. Despite what is seemingly the Government's anti-London stance, I still managed to secure a £3.15 billion deal with the government to start building 90,000 genuinely affordable homes by 2021 - around £0.5 billion a year. 

Everyone knows we need councils to be able to build more, but there was no commitment that any councils in London will be given the powers to do so. This Government is all talk and no action on housing.