Today the Mayor announced that the silly Venezuelan deal put together by his predecessor will not be renewed and that the half price concession for those on income support will be curtailed six months after that, see press release here.
Last September I reported that the ad bill for this ludicrous scheme would be Â£975K, see here.
The lefty bloggers are all over it and as usual they don’t get the difference between promises and PR and actual delivery. Tory Troll says:
Around a quarter of a million Londoners on low-incomes were expected to benefit from the cheap oil in return for technical advice and assistance given to Venezuela.
The trouble with all of this is that this deal was never going to help 250,000. Transport for London’s original business case assumed that only 160,000 would take up the offer. In his quotes today the ex-Mayor used the number 80,000 and the BBC used the number 56,000 elsewhere. Now you might say that those 56,000 will lose out. But notice that they will start to lose out by the end of the current tax year about the time that Mayor Boris is going to announce his precept for next year. I suspect he will be able to tell them that they will be enjoying a much lower precept than they would have done under the previous mayor.
If the Mayor focuses on streamling the GLA bodies and doing less better those 56,000 and all other Londoners will be better off under Johnson than they were under Livingstone.