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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Boris cuts key services

We've blogged here before about the campaign that Labour councillors in Hackney launched against the Mayor of London's inflation busting fare increases on public transport - a 20% increase last month, which has a big impact on residents in Stoke Newington. 82% of Hackney residents use the bus at least once a week and we have the lowest level of car ownership in London - we rely most heavily on buses.

It now seems Boris is committing to more cuts - he's slashing the amount of money he's giving to Hackney to improve our streets by 17% next year and is making it more dangerous for cyclists across London by cutting his road surfacing budget by 22% - cyclists know how bad the red routes are and it's only going to get worse in the years to come.

Boris Johnson has also said he will be cutting the number of police officers in London by 455 over the next three years.

Hackney was one of the first boroughs to bring in neighbourhood policing and it's paid off with a year on year reduction in crime. Boris is threatening that with these cuts. Some press coverage of the story is here.

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