OUR GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY REPORTS
COST OF KHAN 3: A REVIEW OF SADIQ KHAN'S THREE YEARS AS LONDON MAYOR
By Gareth Bacon AM, May 2019
When asked to provide his administration’s biggest failing, Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly that he did not have one. Judged on his record, we believe that Londoners would disagree. The Mayor has so far presided over an alarming hike in violent crime, lagging affordable housing targets, and a damaging down-turn in Transport for London’s finances. As it stands, the legacy of Sadiq Khan’s mayoralty will be defined by financial incompetence, a raft of broken promises, and a lack of delivery for Londoners.
With a total budget now topping almost £18.5 billion, Sadiq Khan is one of the most powerful politicians in Europe. Yet the Mayor’s performance to date leaves us with little confidence that he will deliver his manifesto promises to Londoners by the end of his term. We are concerned that the Mayor is underperforming in his key areas, which is having a significant and detrimental impact on the lives of Londoners and the future of our city. This report lays out just some of the areas where Sadiq Khan is falling short of his core responsibilities. We hope that he takes the opportunity, as a result of our report, to deliver more for Londoners in his last year in office.
THE ALTERNATIVE BUDGET FOR LONDON
By Gareth Bacon AM, February 2019
In drawing up this year’s budget, the Mayor had a variety of spending choices, but we believe that he could have made wiser choices in key areas. Our alternative budget for London chooses more police for our streets and a lower tax bill for Londoners. The Mayor has endlessly claimed that the rise in violent crime is due to a fall in police numbers – we therefore believe that the Mayor should be doing everything in his power to put as many police officers on our streets as possible to tackle crime in our city. We have a plan to do just that and we hope that the Mayor incorporates our amendment into his final budget and chooses more police for London.
POWERING UP: STRENGTHENING THE LONDON ASSEMBLY TO HOLD THE MAYOR TO ACCOUNT
By Andrew Boff AM, June 2018
The coming of age of the Greater London Authority is a goodtime to reflect upon how the body has changed, and to learnfrom the 18 years of challenges we’ve faced as the home ofLondon government. In that time, the powers of the Mayor and the budget he controls have substantially increased but the role of the Assembly has remained largely the same.
This report argues that increased powers require increased accountability and more checks and balances. The democratic deficit created by this broadening gap between the London Mayor and the London Assembly must befilled.
THE COST OF KHAN: COUNTING THE COST TO LONDONERS FROM 2 YEARS OF KHAN
By Gareth Bacon AM, May 2018
Last year we published Cost of Khan 2017. This report, amongst other things, highlighted SadiqKhan’s propensity to renege on, or diverge from, his election promises. Now that we are two years into this mayoralty, a clear picture is emerging on how Sadiq Khan manages City Hall and how effective he is on fulfilling the promises he was elected to deliver.
From the research undertaken as part of this report, it is becoming apparent that there are three core themes that run through all ofKhan’s policy and leadershipfailures.
First, Sadiq Khan seems to have contempt for communities in Outer London and has, through his Draft London Plan, declared war on those living in the suburbs through his dictatorial planning policies.
Secondly, Sadiq Khan is overseeing one of the worst spikes in violent crime in decades. Despite the Mayor having the same number of police officers as Boris Johnson did in 2013, he is losing control of the streets to criminal gangs.
Finally, Sadiq Khan repeatedly promised during his election campaign to exceed the housebuilding performance of his predecessor. Yet, on his watch, construction has slowed dramatically and the quality of homes has deteriorated. Put simply, he is failing to deliver the homes Londoners desperately need.
These three themes run throughall of Sadiq Khan’s failures. Thisreport will explore and detail theMayor’s continuing inability to improve the lives of Londoners.