London mayor Sadiq Khan takes 10% pay lower amid coronavirus pandemic | Politics Information

Sadiq Khan has taken a 10% pay lower and known as on Boris Johnson to bail out native authorities going through funding black holes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Authorities need assistance as they face a shortfall of earnings from enterprise and council tax, the London mayor stated.

Mr Khan warned {that a} funding shortfall of virtually £500m within the capital may lead to cuts to the Metropolitan Police, London Fireplace Brigade (LFB), Transport for London (TfL) and the Higher London Authority (GLA).








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Amid this difficult local weather, the Labour mayor stated he was taking an instantaneous discount to his £152,734 wage, slicing it by virtually £15,300.

Pay for senior appointments at Metropolis Corridor has additionally been frozen, Mr Khan introduced.

Mr Khan stated: “Londoners did the correct factor to deal with COVID-19 by following the foundations, staying at dwelling and serving to to save lots of lives.

“However now the federal government is punishing them with a brand new period of austerity. COVID-19 has had a devastating influence on London’s public funds, which have been in nice form earlier than the pandemic.”

Mr Khan stated that TfL’s fares earnings had “dropped by greater than 90%” and that native enterprise charges and council tax earnings had “fallen off a cliff”, making this “the worst doable time for a return to austerity”.

He continued: “Except ministers act, the present variety of cops will must be decreased and it will likely be inconceivable to deal with youth violence or make the adjustments to the London Fireplace Brigade which are desperately wanted after the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy.”

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Mr Khan stated the prime minister needed to act to make sure he may hold his promise to not return to austerity so as to stability the books.

And he warned that failure to behave would jeopardise the federal government’s plans to recruit 20,000 further cops.

Mr Khan stated: “I did not enter politics to manage authorities austerity, and I’ll do every little thing in my energy to influence ministers to not power one other period of austerity on native and regional authorities.

“No matter occurs, I’ll shield the frontline providers that Londoners rely on as a lot as doable – and it is solely proper that I ought to volunteer for an instantaneous pay lower in these extraordinarily troublesome circumstances and proceed to not take any pension contributions.

“As well as, I’ve taken the choice to freeze the salaries of my political appointments at Metropolis Corridor.”

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Mr Khan stated TfL’s fares earnings has dropped by ‘greater than 90%’ throughout the pandemic

Mr Khan may also set out new funds steerage as a part of a drive to attain efficiencies.

The GLA, TfL, Scotland Yard, LFB, London Legacy Improvement Company, Previous Oak and Park Royal Improvement Company have been requested to provide you with proposals for attaining vital financial savings by the top of November.

In Could, the federal government offered TfL with a £1.6bn bailout after income from fares – the majority of its earnings – fell by 90%.

Within the wake of the bailout, it was introduced that from 22 June the congestion cost will improve by 30% and be enforced seven days every week.

The difficulty has became a political row, with Mr Khan accusing the Division for Transport of “making abnormal Londoners pay the associated fee for doing the correct factor on COVID-19”.

However Shaun Bailey, who’s difficult Mr Khan in subsequent 12 months’s mayoral election, accused him of “unhealthy administration” throughout the pandemic.



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A authorities spokesman stated the capital had been given an “unprecedented bundle of assist” – to “guarantee they’ve the assets they should present providers for his or her communities throughout the pandemic”.

“The GLA has obtained an additional £18.5m of emergency funding and an extra £1.6bn for TfL,” they stated.

“That is on prime of a rise in core spending energy of over £88 million to over £2.27bn, whereas the Metropolitan Police is receiving £2.9bn in funding this monetary 12 months, essentially the most substantial police funding improve since 2010.

“We now have given London councils £518m in extra emergency funding as a part of a complete of over £5.3bn of presidency assist for communities and companies throughout town throughout the pandemic.

“We’re engaged on a complete plan to make sure councils’ monetary sustainability over the 12 months forward and we’ll replace as quickly as we’re in a position.”

Requested if he would comply with go well with and lower his wage, a spokesman for Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer stated: “Sadiq is the mayor of London, he is overseeing the GLA, which goes to have a deep monetary black gap due to the implications of the pandemic, and it’s proper that Sadiq is talking up for London and talking up for these issues.”

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