The key points of Labour’s proposals are:
Â· A Jobs Guarantee for all 16-24 year olds who have been out of work for 1 year or more. In <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>Westminster</place></city> this would help 135 young people
Â· Cut transport fares by 1% so they are in line with inflation. Londoners living in Zone one and travelling aound Zone One on a yearly travelcard would save Â£197.27
Â· Re-allocate business rates to protect frontline police and fire services. In <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city>, <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>Westminster</place></city> fire station is earmarked for closure, this would be kept open and police front counter provision will be maintained.
Â· Freeze the Mayor’s share of the Council Tax which is currently only saving households 7 pence per week
Â· Start the process of setting up a London-wide lettings agency
Local Labour <place w:st=”on”><city w:st=”on”>London</city></place> 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 <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>Westminster</place></city> Â£197.27 on their annual travelcard.
“Our Jobs Guarantee for 16-24 year olds out of work for over a year will put 135 young people in <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city> into work, and benefit 7,500 long-term unemployed young Londoners across <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>London</place></city>.
“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.”
1. Murad Qureshi is a Labour Londonwide Assembly Member.