London mayoral election: Boris Johnson pledges tax cut

Labour's Ken Livingstone says only he can put more money back in Londoners' pockets.

Conservative mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has pledged to cut how much Londoners pay for City Hall by 10% over four years if he is re-elected.

Currently the mayor's share of the council tax is £306 per year, which helps fund the police, fire brigade, transport, Olympics and other services.

Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said Mr Johnson was "desperately inventing a new policy".

Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick said it was an "unrealistic promise".

Mr Johnson said the move was fully-costed and could be delivered while maintaining all services and not threatening investment.

'Pockets of Londoners'

He said during his mayoral term, he has cut £2bn in waste by "clearing up" the London Development Agency, and by putting City Hall's finances on a solid footing.

"By exploiting the possibilities of shared services, by bringing in the private sector, we can keep putting council tax money back in the pockets of Londoners," he said.

A spokesman for Mr Livingstone said: "The Tory Mayor knows that this election is about who will make Londoners better off and that I have the best policy to do this - a £1,000 average fares cut.

"With just two weeks to go he is desperately inventing a new policy but it only saves each household just £30.67 a year - tiny compared to the savings all farepayers will make with my cut in fares, and what they will lose with the Boris Johnson's fares hikes?"

Mr Paddick said: "When the Liberal Democrats proposed a 3% cut Boris Johnson didn't support it.

"Now there's an election coming up he's changed his tune.

"Up until now Johnson has acted with integrity but now he's fallen into the Ken Livingstone trap of making unrealistic promises."

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