We’re in the middle of October, and the weather is unseasonably warm. The last few weeks of visiting residents in Shortlands, I must say, the reception has been equally sunny. Today was especially good, not least because we had a very special guest. London Mayor candidate Ken Livingstone joined us on the doorsteps of Bromley and spoke to many residents about their concerns.
There were two issues that came up frequently – rising fares and rising crime. People feel that Bromley Council are making some irrational cuts to services and I would like to challenge them on this.
With your help I will stand up to the councils proposals which will hit the easier targets in our borough, our children, young people, and the elderly.
Please vote for me on October 20th to put a stop to some of these unfair cuts.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced above inflation fare increases for January 2012. At the launch of the Fares Fair campaign with Eddie Izzard, Ken Livingstone pointed out that since Boris became mayor in 2008, a single bus fare will have risen by a breath-taking 56%, and a weekly bus and tram pass by 47%. A weekly zone 1-4 travelcard will have gone up by 23%, costing us an extra £461 per year more, while a weekly zone 1-6 travelcard is up by 22%, or £509 a year more. The rising cost of living is hitting public transport users hard. At a time when family budgets are being squeezed the last thing we need are such steep fare rises.
Freedom Passes give pensioners and those people registered as disabled, free travel on most forms of public transport. Bromley Council has a poor record in supporting this scheme.
A vote for Gareth on October 20th will ensure that the Council Tax you pay is used in the most efficient way, so that everyone is treated fairly in Bromley.