In Boris Johnson's election manifesto he promised to fund one existing rape crisis centre and three new rape crisis centres in the capital.
The centres would be funded "immediately" to the tune of £744,000 each year.
These centres would be paid for by cutting the number of press officers employed by the Mayor.
This would have been a big improvement on the situation left by the current government and by the previous administration at City Hall
Unfortunately this has not happened.
In the Mayor's current budget, only £200,000 extra has been allocated and there has been no notable reduction in press officers.
According to today's announcement, the GLA will provide the following yearly funding.
1. The Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Croydon will receive £260,000 over the next three years· 2009/10 - £60k· 2010/11 - £100k· 2011/12 - £100k2. If plans get the go ahead Ealing Council would receive a £375,000 contribution over the next three years towards delivering a new rape crisis centre.· 2009/10 – 65k· 2011/12 - £155k· 2011/12 - £155k
So that's £619,000 less on rape crisis centres this year than he originally promised, falling to £489,000 less than he promised by the end of his term.
However, speaking on Youtube today Boris pledged that:
"We are of course going to be rolling out more funding for centres in the East and in the North of the city as well.""So keep fighting everybody who is campaigning on this issue and work with us to give London the rape crisis provision that it needs"
Now I don't know why they should need to "keep fighting", just to get Boris to keep his manifesto promise.
But with any luck, and with some more direct action from campaigners, there's still a chance that he will fund three new rape crisis centres by the end of his term.
So come on Boris, stop spinning this out and fulfill your manifesto promise today.
-Update- Watch Kit Malthouse struggle with this one on BBC London.