Transport tops six Livingstone pledges

14 March 2012

Mick Whelan says that the six key pledges from Labour’s London Mayor candidate Ken Livingstone are ‘half a dozen more good reasons for Londoners to vote Labour in the May election.’

Labour Leader Ed Miliband stressed that central to Ken’s campaign is ‘to reduce the burden on London’s fare payers, across rail, tube, bus, tram and DLR’. He said it would ‘make a real difference to the lives of millions of people across the capital by cutting the cost of living and putting money back into Londoner’s pockets and purses.’ The difference over fares between Ken and Boris Johnson was, he added, ‘unbridgeable’. ‘Ken will cut the fares, Boris Johnson has raised them above inflation every year in the toughest possible times.’

The six Labour pledges are to

  • cut fares by 7% this year – saving the average Londoner £1,000 over four years
  • reverse Boris Johnson’s police cuts and restore local sergeants
  • help reduce rents and improve homes with a London non-profit lettings agency
  • tackle heating bills – through insulation and an ‘energy co-op’ to reduce prices and help households save over £150 a year
  • introduce a London Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of up to £30 a week to help young people stay in education
  • support childcare with grants and interest-free loans – and campaign against Tory cuts to childcare tax credits.

Ken Livingstone says, ‘My key pledges will help millions of Londoners - from the commuters who are being hit by Boris Johnson’s bus, tube and train fare increases, to the families struggling with the cost of childcare, to the young people who can’t afford to stay on in college.’

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