Press Release


Tuesday 24 April 2012

BORIS JOHNSON STATEMENT ON SITUATION IN NEWHAM

A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: ‘Boris Johnson has made clear that while welfare reform is necessary, London’s housing market means that transitional arrangements are required and he has already secured a raft of concessions from Government to help London, including extra time for existing claimants and a £100million fund to help families stay in their local area.

‘This builds on his affordable housing record of building 52,000 affordable homes – the most of any mayoral period.

‘The most important thing the Mayor can do is reduce rents by increasing supply, which is why Boris is opening up 530 hectares of public land to build thousands of homes, and get people off benefits and into work, and that is why Boris is creating 200,000 jobs over the next four years.’

Boris Johnson’s 9 point plan for a Greater London:

1.       Cutting waste at City Hall – freeing up £3.5 billion for services

2.       Putting £445 back in your pocket by freezing the Mayoral share of council tax and cutting it by at least 10% if re-elected

3.       Creating 200,000 new jobs over the next four years

4.       Making our streets and homes safer with1,000 more police on the beat

5.       Restoring 300 acres of green space and planting 20,000 street trees

6.       Investing £221 million to transform local high streets, supporting small businesses

7.       Ensuring a true Olympic legacy – 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs

8.       Reducing Tube delays 30% by 2015. Building Crossrail and orbital rail to link our suburbs. Extending the Bike Hire scheme

9.       Securing a better deal for London from No 10

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