Phillips lets loose on London’s problems

    The high cost of local authority child care costs in London
    looked like “an ideal candidate” for an inquiry by the Greater
    London Assembly, Trevor Phillips, chairperson of the assembly, told
    delegates.

    He was responding to a Haringey social worker who said her local
    authority child care was eating into one-third of her salary, and
    having a huge impact on her quality of life in London. This has led
    to her to considering moving back to the Midlands.

    Another delegate blamed the soaring house prices in London for
    forcing public service workers out of the capital, in search of
    affordable property.

    Phillips admitted it was an impossible situation when the
    average income was slightly under £40,000 per household but
    the average family home cost £200,000.

    As the first chairperson of the London assembly he said local
    government must finds ways of giving people ownership of public
    services, but he admitted that currently the assembly was alienated
    from the people it served.

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