This summer London will host the greatest show on earth and the eyes of the world will be fixed on us. But the Olympics must be more than a 29 day sporting extravaganza. I am working to ensure that the regenerative power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is maximised. I have brought under control the spiralling budget I inherited and found savings so the taxpayer gets value for money.
These Games will leave a lasting legacy not only of thousands of new jobs and homes and amazing transport infrastructure but also, for the first time, a sustained increase in sports participation arising from them.
Since 2008 I have:
- Used my position on the Olympic Board to keep costs down so Londoners paying Band D Council Tax would not have to contribute more than 38p a week
- Saved tens of millions of pounds in the Olympic budget by persuading the Olympic Board to use pre-existing facilities at Wembley for some events rather than building new venues
- Founded the Olympic Park Legacy Company to ensure that the Games leave a positive legacy for generations, including 10,000 new jobs and 8-10,000 new homes
- Secured a deal with the Organising Committee that will give 1 in 8 London schoolchildren a free ticket to enjoy the Games up close and personally
- Realised my vision of a world famous, lasting landmark to be built in the Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit will give the best views over our city from the 115m high viewing platform.
- Created the London Ambassadors programme which has seen 34,000 people sign up to share their love of London with the millions of visitors coming for the Olympics.
- Funded £15.5million to increase participation in grassroots sports in the run up to the Olympics
- Launched the Freesports programme, helping 250 small clubs and community groups per year to fund sports coaching
- Delivered two mobile swimming pools, which have already visited six boroughs