Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Motion - "Taxicard Cuts"

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Council is concerned with the Government’s hostile attitude towards London with deep cuts to transport, infrastructure and police budgets. The TfL grant has been cut by £600 million leaving London as the only global city with no public subsidy to run its transport system.

 

Labour Leaders and Borough Transport Leads have engaged constructively with the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor for Transport to protect essential services for Londoners.

 

Council congratulates Mayor Khan on his commitment to ensure Taxicard continues to provide an invaluable service for over 2,000 residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Council welcomes the Mayor of London's fares freeze and introduction of the bus hopper ticket, and condemns the Government for record increases in train fares.

 

The Council requests the Leader of the Council to write formally to the Government to request a reversal of the £600 million cut to the TfL operating grant, reversal of cuts to policing and investment in essential infrastructure such as Crossrail 2, extensions of the DLR and Bakerloo line to benefit residents of this borough.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Matt Hartley moved the motion, which he detailed.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Charlie Davis, who reserved his right to speak.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He said the facts were clear before Christmas. Prior to Christmas The Leader of the Council had contacted the Deputy Mayor for Transport, and was given assurances that the Taxicard scheme would continue in its present form, and City Hall had briefed London borough Cabinet Members on TfL’s financial position and were told the Taxicard scheme would continue which would have been known to the Conservatives. He added that the Government had cut the TfL operating budget by £600 million. London was the only global city not to get a public subsidy for its transport system. He commented on other cuts made by the Government. But despite these financial challenges the Mayor of London was doing his best to invest in London’s transport. He said credit was to be given to the Mayor of London for dealing with Government cuts while providing an excellent service and giving a guarantee that Taxicard will continue. With regard to the 13% budget cut if TfL could find ways to improve efficiency in the administration of Taxicard and find a 13% saving and provide exactly the same service that would be good financial management. He clarified that the amendment was because residents in the borough might have believed what the Conservatives were saying which were not truths but scaremongering of some of the most vulnerable residents of the borough.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Sizwe James.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley did not accept the amendment.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley queried whether Councillor Mehboob Khan had an interest in the motion as he worked for London Councils. Councillor Mehboob Khan stated he did not have an interest as the motion was not to do with London Councils.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley said he had previously asked if the matter had been raised with the Mayor of London and they had just learned that the matter had been raised with the Deputy Mayor for Transport. He asked did the Council agree with the 13% cuts or not, and if not would the matter be raised with the Mayor of London. He add that he had written to Mayor of London but that would not carry as much weight as a letter from the Leader of the Council.

 

The amendment was put to the vote and with 25 votes in favour and 8 votes against the amendment was agreed.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley closed the debate.

 

The motion as amended was put to the vote and with 25 votes for and 8 abstentions it was

 

Resolved –

 

Council is concerned with the Government’s hostile attitude towards London with deep cuts to transport, infrastructure and police budgets. The TfL grant has been cut by £600 million leaving London as the only global city with no public subsidy to run its transport system.

 

Labour Leaders and Borough Transport Leads have engaged constructively with the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor for Transport to protect essential services for Londoners.

 

Council congratulates Mayor Khan on his commitment to ensure Taxicard continues to provide an invaluable service for over 2,000 residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Council welcomes the Mayor of London's fares freeze and introduction of the bus hopper ticket, and condemns the Government for record increases in train fares.

 

The Council requests the Leader of the Council to write formally to the Government to request a reversal of the £600 million cut to the TfL operating grant, reversal of cuts to policing and investment in essential infrastructure such as Crossrail 2, extensions of the DLR and Bakerloo line to benefit residents of this borough.

 

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