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Majority unite behind alternative to Boris' 'empty' budget

Proposals from Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs to fund hundreds more police officers for London’s streets today received the support of the majority of Assembly Members in the final vote on Boris Johnson’s 2015/16 Budget. Whilst securing the support of over half the Assembly the proposals were rejected by Mayor Boris Johnson and did not reach the two thirds support necessary to force the Mayor to accept the changes.

If accepted by the Mayor the proposals, which were supported by Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat Assembly Members would have:

-       Funded an additional 874 police officers – the equivalent of 28 for each London borough.

-       Earmarked £308m to build new housing for London’s emergency services staff and key workers.

-       Fully reversed the Mayor’s decision to scrap the off peak zones 4-6 PAYG cap.

-       Frozen the GLA’s portion of Council Tax

Labour London Assembly Budget Spokesperson, John Biggs AM said:

“Instead of listening to our proposals which would put hundreds more police officers on London’s streets and provide millions for new housing Boris Johnson has pushed ahead with his empty budget which has all the hall marks of a Mayor already halfway out the door.

“The Assembly sent a clear message today that the majority of its members do not support Boris Johnson’s empty plan for the capital. By rejecting these proposals the Mayor has shown he has no new ideas and is set to leave little more than a legacy of failure for his successor in 2016.”

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