Responding to today’s announcement of changes in London’s transport fares, London’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“Once again, millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise in the new year. Under the current Mayor, fare rises have outstripped wages, leaving Londoners thousands of pounds worse off.
"I'm pleased that the Mayor has accepted Labour's idea of free travel on overground trains for under 11s. This will help families but is a small fig leaf on yet another fares hike.
"I'm particularly worried for Londoners who rely on the buses - they face yet another hike in January.
“As Mayor I’ll stand up for Londoners and freeze all TfL fares for four years and introduce the 'Hopper' ticket, so you can change buses as many times as you need within an hour, but only pay a single fare."
Responding to today’s announcement of changes in London’s transport fares, London’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Once again, millions of Londoners will see their travel costs rise...
Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre.
On 28th July 2015, Mayor John Biggs agreed that the previous decision, taken by the previous cabinet before the mayoral election, be withdrawn and that a new report be presented to Cabinet. The Mayor requested that feasibility studies and financial modelling be carried out to ensure that the right decision was made.
The lease for the current Town Hall, Mulberry Place, expires in June 2020 and all staff must have decanted by September 2019. It was agreed to progress design development for both the former Royal London Hospital site and John Onslow House.
Consolidating council buildings into a consolidated site will improve efficiency and allows the disposal of other sites ‘for the capital receipts to cross fund the new development. All these disposals would then deliver affordable housing when brought forward as planning-compliant housing schemes.’
Mayor John Biggs said:
“I don’t take any great pleasure in spending Council money on an administrative building – our money should go into services - and I want to keep its costs down while creating a good working environment and making the Council more effective and efficient. However, we have little choice and I think, after careful and detailed examination, this is the best option. Given the size and the scope of the plans it’s crucial to ensure that the numbers stacked up and we are delivering a scheme which provides residents with the best deal available.
“Moving to a grade II building presents its own challenges but the Old London Hospital building has been an icon at the heart of the East End since the 1700s. It’s good that its façade will remain and that the building will continue in its role as a place of public service, belonging to us all.
“The decision also allows for the creation of more than 700 new homes on land we won’t need, and we will ensure that as many of these as possible are truly affordable for local people.
“I made sure all groups – Tory, Labour and Independent – were involved in the decision and I am delighted the Independents still think it’s the best option. My duty, given the past, was to look closely sat the proposals and check they made sense. I want a reference group, including the Independent and Tory Councillors, to closely monitor the project to make sure it doesn’t get out of control or, for example, become a palace. I will be watching it very closely too.”
Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet has agreed that the former Royal London Hospital Site in Whitechapel is the preferred site location for a new civic centre. On 28th July 2015, Mayor...
At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet last night, the principles and action plan set out in the Mayor’s Transparency Protocol were agreed.
Mayor John Biggs’ manifesto included a commitment to improving transparency and the Transparency Protocol highlights the drive to fulfil that commitment. Alongside the Protocol, the Mayor also attends O&S meetings as invited, personally answers questions at council meeting and tables a full written report for council including details of his diary and meeting events.
The Transparency Protocol provides an overview of actions the council takes to promote transparency and actions the Mayor has put in place to improve transparency; and proposes a further set of long-term actions.
The purpose of the Protocol is to ‘ensure that residents and members will be informed, involved and empowered to scrutinise and hold the Mayor and Cabinet to account’ and it ‘will increase the transparency around decision making; the mayor’s activities and priorities; procurement, contracts and grants and budgets and expenditure.’
Mayor John Biggs said:
“People’s confidence in the council’s ability to work in a fair and transparent way was damaged by the previous mayor and I’m focussed on reversing that. As I have said before, we need to set a better, higher standard for openness and transparency.
“Last week the government announced that the commissioners will no longer directly run the council, after strong progress was made in improving performance – confidence in the council is returning and I hope our Transparency Protocol goes some way to restore people’s trust in our local politics.”
At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Cabinet last night, the principles and action plan set out in the Mayor’s Transparency Protocol were agreed. Mayor John Biggs’ manifesto included a...