Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boris Keep Your Promise

Mayor Boris Johnson is grilled by campaigners angry that the £744,000 a year he promised for rape crisis centres will not be delivered (from 40 secs).

Page nine of Boris Johnson's crime manifesto said:
"…we will act immediately to provide long-term funding for four Rape Crisis Centres in London. We would provide funding for these centres by cutting the number of GLA spin doctors.

Current annual expenditure at the centre in one remaining centre in Croydon was £178,823 in 2006/7. Adjusting this for inflation gives an estimate of annual running costs of £186,000 in 2008/09. Therefore to secure the funding for this centre and three others would require ringfencing of around £744,000 annually."

Boris now says "As you know, what we can't do in the GLA, we're not a funding organisation. We can't directly fund them ourselves" (1min48sec).

Boris seemed rattled by the protest. We know he is not a "detail" man but this is a serious issue. He was most put out by the comparison made that the funding of one "Rape crisis" centre for the year would cost less than the £250,000 in "chickenfeed" wages he thinks he receives for writing his media columns.

I think that there is a reasonably good chance that Boris will now be shamed into fulfilling his promise.

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