Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s decision to use income raised from business rates to support the Metropolitan Police said:
“Despite his claims this is not an unusual decision for the Mayor of London to make. In fact last year I called on the Mayor to do everything within his powers to put extra cash into the Met. At last he has listened.
“Clearly funding of the Met is a responsibility that he shares with the Home Office.
“Further funding for the Met from central Government is desperately needed. The Mayor gets no credit for simply using funding powers which have long been open to him.”