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Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group proposes radical changes to Mayor’s budget – delivering a better environment for every Londoner

January 28, 2015 10:17 AM

Improving London's environment for everyone, building more homes and making fares much fairer are at the centre of a radical set of proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group in their amendment to the Mayor's budget.

Key aspects of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly budget amendment include:

  • Tackling London's appalling air pollution and also reducing congestion on our roads, which is currently a huge burden for London's businesses. Specific proposals include smart congestion charging; the introduction of a workplace parking levy in central London and real action to reduce diesel vehicles entering central London.
  • Reversing the immense fare hike on off peak travel for people in outer London. Other key fare changes include the introduction of a one hour bus ticket and lower fares for people travelling on all Tube, DLR and TfL Overground services before 7.30 am.
  • Making London a more attractive city to travel around by foot and on bike, including expanding the cycle hire scheme into south east London and better provision for cyclists across the whole capital
  • Creating a new £2 billion housing investment fund - funded by prudential borrowing - more than doubling the number of affordable homes delivered across London
  • Cutting waste in the Metropolitan Police Service such as the provision of chauffeur driven cars and flats for senior police officers, but strengthening Safer Neighbourhood Teams and putting extra resources into the teams that investigate rape and sexual assault against children.
  • Making London a fairer place through real action against rogue landlords and the wider adoption of the London Living Wage.

Speaking ahead of today's meeting at City Hall where the London Assembly will consider the Mayor's draft budget Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group said:

"There are real social and environmental pressures facing London as our population rapidly grows. Our proposals are firmly rooted in meeting these challenges.

"Our Lib Dem plan will deliver cleaner air and less congested roads. It will deliver a better environment for every Londoner.

"Our changes to the Mayor's budget will also provide more affordable homes, helping to address London's chronic shortage of homes for people on low and middle incomes, helping to keep families living in the capital.

"We will also make London a fairer city. We would reverse the Mayor's harsh fare hike facing off peak travellers who live in outer London. And in every part of the capital we will drive up the adoption of the London Living Wage and ensure real action is taken against rogue landlords."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Details of London First's support for changes to the congestion charge to help reduce congestion can be seen at: http://londonfirst.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Jams-Today-Jams-Tomorrow-How-Smarter-Congestion-Charing-Can-Kepp-London-Moving.pdf