“Over the next four years we are going to need a Mayor who is in touch, a Mayor who understands the pressures that Londoners face every day,” he said in an open letter to Londoners.
“In times like this, the Mayor needs to get more for less. That’s why I will crack down on waste and high salaries at City Hall and freeze the Mayor ’s share of council tax.”
“We have to use what money is available to ease the squeeze and to get London moving again – creating jobs and growth. And the pledges I make below are not only affordable but are aimed at helping Londoners in tough times.”
Ken Livingstone outlines following key policy points in his letter:
• He would cut the fares by 7 per cent this year – saving the average London fare payer £1,000 over four years
• He would crack down on crime by reversing police cuts
• He will be helping reduce rents, improve standards with a London non-profit lettings agency
• He would tackle heating bills – through insulation and an energy co-op to help households save over £150 a year
• He plans to introduce a London EMA of up to £30 a week to help young people stay in education
• He would support childcare with grants and interest-free loans – and campaign against government cuts to child tax credits
“My kids are growing up now, and I don’t want them living in a city where no one is taking action to put Londoners first,” Ken said in his concluding remarks.