London gave me the opportunities to go from the council estate where I grew up to being the Mayor of the greatest city on earth.
Today, I have unveiled my London Budget, which aims to help ensure all Londoners - regardless of their background, religion, gender, sexuality or skin colour - can reach their full potential.
I'm grateful that you shared your thoughts on how we can do this, and I’m excited to share two key highlights from this year’s London Budget.
Tough on the Causes of Crime
The survey showed that the things Londoners think would most improve safety in London are: reducing poverty and inequality in deprived areas; providing more positive and constructive activities for young people; and ensuring there is a visible and responsive police service.
I’m therefore pleased to report that we’re using the London Budget to invest an additional £100 million to keep Londoners safe. This includes:
- £55 million for crime prevention programmes, sports clubs and youth services. £25 million of which will support the Young Londoners Fund, which is helping steer young people away from crime and towards positive opportunities.
- An increase in funding for London’s Violence Reduction Unit, with new initiatives to address the underlying causes of violent crime - from ensuring fewer students are excluded from school, to funding community groups working to reduce violence in their neighbourhoods.
- And £45 million more for the Metropolitan Police, which will help to recruit 600 extra police officers for the next financial year - on top of the 1,300 police officers already being funded by City Hall.
A Green New Deal for London
Having clean air was your top priority for the environment.
In our discussion thread on clean air, many of you were well aware of the impact poor air quality has on health, especially for children, and want to see this addressed urgently through measures such as reducing traffic congestion and increasing tree planting. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re making huge strides in bringing down emissions and cleaning up London’s toxic air.
Last April, we introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone to cut the number of high-polluting vehicles on our streets. Every day, there are now 13,500 fewer polluting vehicles in central London and toxic emissions have fallen by a third.
As part of the London Budget, I’ve also set up a £50m fund for a Green New Deal for London. This is part of my pledge to make London carbon neutral by 2030 and address the climate emergency.
With this fund, we can make homes energy efficient, create new green spaces and speed up the installation of solar panels.
Thanks again for sharing your views. It’s so important that Londoners have a say on the issues that matter most to them.
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Mayor of London,