Labour Assembly Members Amend Mayor's Budget

They say changes will protect frontline services and find jobs

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Murad Qureshi AM today (Friday) supported the London Assembly Labour Group’s amendment to the Mayor’s draft 2013-14 budget. The amendment and proposals focus on protecting frontline services, easing the cost of living crisis and helping young Londoners into work.

The key points of Labour’s proposals are:

• A Jobs Guarantee for all 16-24 year olds who have been out of work for 1 year or more. In Hounslow this would help 100 young people

• Cut transport fares by 1% so they are in line with inflation. Londoners living in Zone 4 and travelling to Zone One on a yearly travelcard would save £282.74

• Re-allocate business rates to protect frontline police and fire services. In Hounslow, Feltham and Brentford Police Stations are earmarked for closure, this would be kept open and police front counter provision will be maintained.

• Freeze the Mayor’s share of the Council Tax which is currently only saving households 7 pence per week

• Start the process of setting up a London-wide lettings agency

Local Labour London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM said:

“As the economy stumbles and splutters towards a triple-dip recession the Mayor needs to help the economy and help ordinary Londoners. Cutting fares by one per cent will save residents in Hounslow £282.74 on their annual travelcard.

“Our Jobs Guarantee for 16-24 year olds out of work for over a year will put 100 young people in Hounslow into work, and benefit 7,500 long-term unemployed young Londoners across London.

“There has been a lot of local opposition to the proposed closure of Feltham and Brentford Police Stations but reallocating business rates, as we’ve suggested, will help protect frontline police and fire services to help keep London safe and secure.

“Boris has cut his share of the council tax by less than 10 pence a week per household, but at the same time has whacked up fares above inflation for the fifth year running. He must be stupid to think Londoners won’t notice this.”



February 8, 2013