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Budget fails to guarantee funds for Crossrail 2 or London's police

Sadiq Khan today expressed disappointment after the Budget failed to guarantee vital funds for Crossrail 2 or London's police.

The mayor was also rebuffed in his bid to persuade ministers to bankroll a diesel scrappage scheme to tackle pollution.

But Mr Khan welcomed a government deal to devolve further powers to City Hall.

The mayor is likely to be handed control of parts of London's health service.

The Treasury also said it would 'explore options' to give City Hall responsibility for business rates.

I am disappointed that the Government did not use the opportunity to fully fund our police force or pledge their support for Crossrail 2. And businesses across the capital still face a clear and present danger to their future as a result of business rates increases despite the proposals outlined by the Chancellor today.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

My Budget today takes the next step in handing over even more powers to London’s leaders, with a new agreement on further devolution to our capital city. London’s success is critical for the health of our national economy and this new commitment includes action to tackle congestion, improve criminal justice services, and work together on a new approach to funding infrastructure.

– Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor