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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has had a half-a-billion pound funding demand reduce in half by the Government and will face being stripped of his powers to resolve what new houses are constructed within the capital.

Transport for London had mentioned it wanted a whopping £500million to fulfill price range calls for regardless of burning via £6.6billion of public cash from the Department of Transport since 2020.

Instead Tfl will acquired £250million with Transport Secretary Mark Harper accusing the Greater London Authority (GLA) of “poor governance and decision making” when it got here to move budgets for London.

He added the Government had “expressed ongoing concern about the management of TfL by this Mayor”.

And in a double whammy for Mr Khan he might face having his energy to resolve dwelling constructing priorities taken away after Housing Secretary Michael Gove introduced a brand new panel could be reviewing the Mayor’s plans.

Mr Khan has been an ardent supporter of inexpensive dwelling constructing within the capital, however Mr Gove, who can also be a supporter of such residences, mentioned the Mayor’s technique was really stifling growth.

The Evening Standard experiences Mr Gove mentioned: “His (Mr Khan’s) requirement for such a high percentage of affordable homes in every new development imposes such significant costs that development does not go ahead, and so we get no new homes, and no new affordable homes.”

Conservative mayoral candidate AM Susan Hall mentioned she was happy the Government had stepped in over what she referred to as Mr Khan’s “wasteful” spending on the transport community.

She added: “Sadiq Khan has spent too lengthy treating Londoners like strolling money machines, ramping up taxes to cowl his shoddy spending, he is left London’s funds in a large number.”

Mr Khan, who will run for his third term as London Mayor next year when Londoners go to the polls, hit back at both the TfL funding and housing slap downs.

A spokesman said Transport Secretary Mr Harper’s comments were “merely not true”, adding: “The mayor and TfL have recovered TfL’s funds after the devastating affect of the pandemic, now delivering an working surplus and protecting the overwhelming majority of TfL’s capital funding wants.”

On housing, a source close to the Mayor called the possible intervention in his housing policy as “distraction techniques” by the Conservative Government.

They fumed: “The Mayor will take no classes from a Government, and a housing minister in Michael Gove, which have such a shameful document and have repeatedly intervened to dam the brand new housing the capital desperately wants.”