From the Mayor's office yesterday, a press release:
"The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today (11 August) confirmed his manifesto commitment to encourage all Greater London Authority staff to spend time out of the office helping to 'clean and green' London - the Mayor announced he and his senior advisers will also sign up to the scheme and lead by example. The Mayor believes City Hall staff can encourage more Londoners to volunteer by spending at least one day a year volunteering themselves for one of the many organisations that are dedicated to protect and enhance the environment."
However, there will soon be two fewer GLA staff available for such good works. They are the project manager and project administrator for the London Schools Environment Award scheme which was set up under Ken Livingstone in 2003 to encourage green awareness among London's primary school children. The two LSEA posts are among those set to be "deleted" according to an internal consultation document about the restructuring of the mayor's office. Is this move rather at odds with the very public enthusiasm for the LSEA expressed by Mayor Johnson only last month? Is it consistent with the mayor's insistence that he's serious about pursuing a green agenda? Just wondering.