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Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group propose radical changes to Mayor’s budget - delivering homes, jobs and fairer fares for London

January 28, 2014 3:19 PM

Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly budget spokesperson, has set out proposals from the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group to amend the Mayor's budget with proposals to create new apprentices, build new homes and deliver a fare structure that is much fairer for many Londoners.

The changes to the Mayor's budget from the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group include detailed plans to double the number of affordable homes being delivered across London, to boost the creation of new apprenticeships up to 250,000 including the creation of 6,700 new apprenticeships for small businesses and to improve the fare structure, especially to help people who work part-time. Other proposals include reinstating dedicated ward Safer Neighbourhood policing Teams and targeted improvements in childcare.

The Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group proposals are fully costed and will be delivered by reversing the Mayor's 33 pence a month cut in the GLA precept, backed up by responsible prudential borrowing to fund the investment plans. The proposals also involve cutting out long standing waste and unnecessary expenditure which the Mayor still fails to address, such as chauffeur driven cars for senior Met police officers.

Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly group budget spokesperson, speaking ahead of tomorrow's consideration of the Mayor's Draft Budget by the London Assembly said:

"Whilst we welcome the return of growth in the UK we need to ensure that all Londoners benefit from the opportunities created by our capital's economy.

"London needs more homes and more jobs and that is exactly what are proposals will deliver.

"That is why our budget amendment addresses head on the current lack of investment in house building and the chronic shortage of affordable homes. We also recognise that we need to deliver far more apprentices to ensure that an increasing number of Londoners get an opportunity to become skilled workers and enter London's workforce on a permanent basis.

"We also propose that our fare structure finally catches up with the change in London's workforce, especially the huge growth in people working part-time or working regularly from home. We need to give a helping hand, not penalise people work part-time."