Sadiq Khan’s £62m staff spending is ‘disgraceful’

Sadiq Khan’s £62m staff spending is ‘disgraceful’

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Conservative member of the Greater London Assembly as described the Mayor of London’s spending on staff as “disgraceful”.

Sadiq Khan is set to spend £25.8 million more than his predecessor Boris Johnson, with spending reaching £61.8 million by 2022-23.

Susan Hall told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham that the money should have been used to put more police officers on London's streets. 

 

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She said: “It is just disgraceful and the only thing we all want is to feel safe.

“Everything that goes wrong he blames the government. He is surrounding himself with more and more people – all paid for by the taxpayer – and if you ask people in the streets who have no political bias at all, the one thing they would say to you is I want to feel safe.

“He should know this but he surrounds himself with more and more people to deflect anything if it goes wrong.”

 

'More police on the streets'

The Conservative group has said that an extra 1,400 police officers could be funded in London with the cuts to staffing costs proposed by their party in the GLA.

Ms Hall said he accepted that the Metropolitan Police needed more officers to effectively tackle knife crime.

She said: “I appreciate that the Met needs more police, which is why our whole budget amendment was about putting more police on the streets.

 

 

“We are all Londoners and we can see there is an issue. Putting more police on the street would help, even as a confidence measure.”

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “There has been a small increase in public servants because Sadiq is delivering huge results in areas like housing and air quality that were totally ignored by the previous mayor, and because City Hall has taken over new responsibilities such as adult education and some areas of health and care policy.”

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