Boris Johnson's 'economic recovery action plan' hit the ground limping this morning after it was pointed out that average families will be worse off under his plans
As revealed here yesterday, Boris's Mayoral precept freeze would have saved the average London household just eleven pence a week, had it been brought in this year.
His January fare rises on the other hand are estimated to make the average couple around £90 a year worse off.
Speaking after today's Mayor's Question Time, Labour group London Assembly leader Len Duvall called the plans a 'total fraud'
"It is a total fraud from the Mayor when he tells Londoners he is saving them money and is the saviour of their economy. The average couple travelling to and from work on London's buses will be around £90 a year worse off. Johnson bangs on about providing more for less and making Londoners better off. It is pure and smoke and mirrors.
"For the sake of a few pennies off their council tax, working Londoners will be worse off under Boris Johnson. The Mayor said today he was 'happy with the title of scrooge'. For once I am in total agreement with his analysis."
Ironically, those living in the Boris-voting suburbs will be the worst hit by the hikes, with big rises for those living in zone six.
Those people living in the cheapest accommodation will also get the least benefit from Boris's precept freeze.
If this years rise had been frozen, then a single person living in a Band A property would have been just £2.86 a year better off.
However, there is some debate about exactly how much the precept would have risen had Ken Livingstone remained Mayor.
At yesterday's Budget and Performance Committee, a GLA executive estimated that it would probably have risen by about three percent (one per cent above this year's rise)
But even if that had been the case, Boris's precept freeze will still only save a Band D household just £8 a year.
Boris's decision not to implement the £25 'gas guzzler' charge, and to cut the WEZ in 2010 were pointed to today as ways in which Boris will actually make life cheaper for Londoners.
But for those Londoners reliant on public transport, his big fare rises and tiny tax cuts mean they will head into recession paying much more, whilst getting much less.
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