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Boris gives with one hand—and takes back with the other!

PUBLISHED: 23:27 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE London Assembly has debated the Mayor’s budget proposals, which promises not increase the GLA’s share of council tax this year. It is dishonest of the Mayor, however, to claim he is saving Londoners money. The tax freeze will save the average household just 11p a week, while raising fares will cost £160 to £300 more a year

Dear Editor,

THE London Assembly has debated the Mayor’s budget proposals, the headline of which was his promise to not increase the GLA’s share of council tax this year.

This is relatively easy to achieve without affecting frontline police and fire services for one year. Newham Council in East London has managed it with much larger budgets.

It is dishonest of the Mayor, however, to claim that he is saving Londoners money.

The council tax freeze will save the average London household just 11p a week, while raising bus and Underground fares will cost between £160 and £300 more a year.

Holding tax down with one hand and snatching fares with the other does not represent value for money for working Londoners.

People expect far more from the Mayor than just delaying increases in their council tax bill. They expect someone who will stand-up for London, fight for funds and protect them during the recession.

There is nothing in Boris Johnson’s budget or economic recovery plan to show he understands or appreciates his role.

John Biggs (Labour)

City & East constituency

London Assembly

City Hall, Queen’s Walk, Southwark


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