Mayor’s budget slammed over police cuts and fare rises

MORE cash should have been found to prevent police numbers being cut in London and for keeping bus and Tube fares down, the London Assembly has told Boris Johnson. This should have been his priority when setting his �14 billion budget, Assembly members said

By Mike Brooke

MORE cash should have been found to prevent police numbers being cut in London and for keeping bus and Tube fares down, the London Assembly has told Boris Johnson.

This should have been his priority when setting his �14 billion budget, Assembly members said.

The budget has “failed to present a sound foundation for a fair and sustainable London.”

The Assembly urged the Mayor to address Londoners’ main concern about rising crime by adequately funding the police and maintaining the number of officers on the streets.


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A resolution passed at yesterday’s Assembly also called for cushioning the impact of public transport fares.

Transport chairman John Biggs, who also represents East London on the Assembly, said: “The fare rises were extraordinarily harsh and unfair, hitting the poorest Londoners hardest.

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“It’s time the Mayor delivered what he promised, rather than flashy packaging and ribbon cutting.”

Assembly chair Darren Johnson said: “We hope Boris listens a little more and blusters a little less when it comes to his next budget.”

But the Mayor’s 2010-11 budget was approved without amendment at yesterday’s Assembly.

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