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Responding to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances,London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:

“Spending almost £9m a year on private ambulances shows just how far the Government is willing to privatise the London NHS. The amount given to private companies to run ambulance services has rocketed by 1011% since 2011/12 yet at the same time ambulance response times have gone down by nearly two minutes.

“Not only is it taking longer to reach patients in a life-threatening condition, the London Ambulance Service is increasingly having to rely on unaccountable private companies to deliver the service as a result of the immense pressure being placed upon it.”

“With the NHS in London facing massive financial challenges people will question why we are paying profit making companies to deliver blue light services."

Dr Onkar Sahota responds to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances

Responding to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances,London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said: “Spending almost £9m a...

Under questioning from Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley, London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday appeared to accept that he will not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes by March 2015.

During the exchange the Mayor refused confirm that he target date remained March 2015 even though his Deputy Mayor for Housing stated categorically less than a year ago that that the target still stood. As of September this year the Mayor had only delivered 38,412 affordable homes leaving more than 16,000 to be built in order to meet March’s target.

After numerous attempts to dodge the question the Mayor accepted that he may not hit the target but refused to take action to prevent the failure stating: “If it slips by a few hundred in March or whatever deadline you arbitrarily choose to set then we’ll look at it then.”

When asked when the 55,000 would be completed the Mayor simply said “well I don’t know, whenever we’ve done them.”

Speaking after the meeting London Assembly Labour Group Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM said:

“This is yet another pledge which Boris is going to fail to keep to Londoners. The Mayor’s attitude towards affordable is outrageously blasé given the scale of the housing crisis facing the capital. Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Londoners are being priced out of buying by the capital’s eye-watering house prices yet Boris Johnson just doesn't seem to care about the impact that has.

"It is clear that Boris is set to miss his affordable housing pledge by March 2015. Yet instead of owning up to his failure, the Mayor is trying to pretend that the deadline was always December 2015. We urgently need to see action to put the scheme back on track to deliver the affordable housing London so desperately needs.”

 

Boris Johnson admits he is set to miss affordable housing target

Under questioning from Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley, London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday appeared to accept that he will not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes...

Commenting on Transport for London’s announcement of a rise in river passengers, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

“Whilst the rise in passenger numbers on the Thames is very welcome, if the Mayor wants to achieve his aim of getting more people commuting on the river the key thing he needs to do is include river services in the Travelcard and Oyster card network.

“Currently it costs significantly more to commute by boat. An annual oyster travelcard not only costs less but gives flexibility over the route and mode of transport. Including river services in the wider transport network in a way which does not hit tourist boats would go a long way to getting more people on the river.

“Overall, without steps from the Mayor to make it more affordable, ordinary Londoners many will question how they could ever afford to regularly commute on the river.”

Val Shawcross AM responds to rise in the number of river passengers

Commenting on Transport for London’s announcement of a rise in river passengers, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said: “Whilst the rise in passenger numbers on the Thames is...

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