Sadiq Khan, the mayor of the City of London, has described the Budget that was revealed today as the worst for London “in a generation.”
Phillip Hammond was criticised by Khan for not being able to talk about policing and counter-terrorism despite the terrorist attacks that have occurred across the United Kingdom.
Khan also said that the chancellor had failed to outline any investments for the people of London.
Khan stated: “This is the most anti-London Budget in a generation, from a government that has shown contempt for Londoners. Hammering London in this way will not encourage growth elsewhere in the UK.
“Londoners know that I have put aside party politics over the past 18 months and worked hard to get a good deal for the capital from the government – but today the government has thrown that work back in our face.”
Hammond did outline plans for decentralisation in the Budget and said that London would be able to hold onto the city’s business rates as a part of a trial programme.
The move was welcomed by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stating that the City Hall was best placed to make investments from the business rates pool.