Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 22, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Andrew Dismore AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor, for that very comprehensive report about West Ham.  Can you tell us how much extra the taxpayer is going to have to find as a result of these additional security measures?  Was there any intelligence anticipating trouble beforehand?  It does seem like we could be drifting back to the old days.  Bearing in mind that last year West Ham cost the taxpayer over £1 million net in terms of policing, will you redouble your efforts to try to persuade West Ham to make a contribution and also approach the Government to try to get it to agree that football clubs should pay the full cost of policing their matches, bearing in mind that last year it cost London a net £7 million, plus £3 million for the British Transport Police (BTP), £10 million in total?

Answer

Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you for your question.  You have been lobbying on this issue for some time now.  We have five Premier League clubs in London and the cost of policing those five games is huge, particularly in the context of the huge cuts the MPS has faced over the last seven years.  The agreements reached between the Mayor and West Ham in the contracts previously signed mean that the cost of the additional security and the cost of additional policing falls on the taxpayer, not on West Ham.

 

I am due to meet the Vice-Chairman of West Ham, Baroness Brady, shortly.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss commercial issues and how we go forward, but, clearly, one of the issues we will be raising is security and safety and the additional costs.  Clearly, one of the issues I will be raising is what appears to be a disproportionate cost on the taxpayer for West Ham having the privilege of playing at the London Stadium.