Mayor is failing the growing number of part-time workers in London – Caroline Pidgeon

October 23, 2013 11:36 AM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor's decision to rule out further consideration of a travelcard to cover part-time workers said:

"The Mayor's categorical statement that he will not consider further introducing a travelcard to cover part-time workers is deeply disappointing.

"Already 900,000 people in London work part-time and the figure is rapidly increasing.

"Daily caps on Oyster simply don't provide the same good deal for the many people who need to get to an office three days a week. Ultimately the whole travelcard system is centred around the old fashioned idea of everyone working a five day week in an office environment. That simply isn't the real working experience anymore for many people."

"The Mayor, as chair of Transport for London, should stop making excuses and instead ensure that people who work part-time or regularly work from home are given a fair deal."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

It was proposed in the 2012 Liberal Democrat Mayor and London Assembly election manifesto and was a recommendation in Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group budget amendments over a number of years.