Huge thanks to everyone who took part in our Budget Challenge during January. The Mayor has a budget of £18.3 billion in 2019-20 to pay for the day-to-day running and improvement of services such as policing, transport and fire services. This money also funds investment in new housing, business support, arts programmes and environmental improvements.
The findings from the Budget Challenge were reported to the London Assembly as part of their work to scrutinise the Mayor’s draft budget. The Assembly received this, along with findings from the full statutory Budget Consultation with businesses, voluntary organisations and members of the public that also ran over the New Year. The Assembly approved the Mayor’s final draft budget and this will be take effect at the start of April.
Over 1,300 Talk Londoners took part in our online Challenge in just 18 days, testing how much you knew about the draft GLA budget for 2019-20, and learning about the various ways the budget impacts on life in London. Questions covered sources of GLA funding, policing and transport budgets, the London Living Wage, support for rough sleepers and the 22 Hyde Parks-worth of trees that are coming to London by 2050. Nearly 900 new members signed up to Talk to take part in the Budget Challenge as well – welcome to you all!
We received over 50 comments to the discussion on Talk London about the Budget Challenge. You provided us with invaluable feedback on transport, policing, cost of living, housing, the environment and the sources of the GLA’s funding. Many of you said that you learned something new and shared your views on the trade-offs that the Mayor must consider to ensure Londoners’ priorities are met in the face of funding cuts.
The decisions the Mayor makes on the GLA Group budget are informed by the research and consultation that we do with Londoners all year round on the issues that affect their lives. Talk London is the best place to get involved and share you experiences and views on the range of issues that City Hall is responsible for. You can see some of the projects that Talk London members have being involved, at the bottom of our landing page.