The poor old Mayor is out of sorts today after being told by Ben Bradshaw, Labour’s Minister for Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, that he can’t have his grandiose, strategic, pan-London waste authority.
Even a Labour minister has the good sense to know that it will be a total waste of cash:
Even after the initial set up costs, our analysis indicated that it could cost up to Â£5 million a year more to manage Londonâ€™s waste through a Single Waste Disposal Authority because of the introduction of an extra tier of management.
You can read Bradshaw’s letter here.
As I have blogged before the Mayorâ€™s now busted strategy talked of a fifth functional body. Imagine Waste for London in addition to Transport for London. We have saved WfL’s Â£78 million comms budget and the 821 people who earn more than Â£50K per year. At least that is what they would have been if WfL was anything like TfL.