Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, further fulfilled his pledge to ensure more accountability at City Hall by hosting his third People’s Question Time meeting, tonight at the 02 Academy in Brixton. People’s Question Time offers Londoners the chance to question their Mayor more directly and Boris Johnson has tripled the number of opportunities that people have to hold his administration to account by hosting six meetings a year – two statutory meetings and four issue led events (public consultations). Over the Mayor’s four year term, meetings will be held in every GLA constituency across London and since taking up the post as Mayor in May 2008, Boris Johnson has hosted public meetings in Bromley, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Croydon, Hillingdon, Greenwich, and now Lambeth. In addition to People’s Question Time, the Mayor hosts an annual State of London Debate where Londoners have a further opportunity to quiz him and his senior officials. He also answers questions from London Assembly members each month in a three hour session when they can pose queries on behalf of constituents. Not shying away from public questioning, in the first eighteen months as Mayor, Boris Johnson has also attended approximately 1000 public events right across the capital and taken part in over 700 media interviews, including regular live phone-ins on BBC and commercial London radio stations, facing any question a listener wants to ask. As Mayor, Boris Johnson has introduced a series of measures to ensure a more open administration, including the publication of the salaries and interests of all Deputy Mayors and advisers, plus the publication of all payments of over £1000 made by the Greater London Authority. Boris Johnson’s commitment to achieve better value for money for Londoners has resulted in £104.4m worth of savings across the GLA group this year, enabling the Mayor to freeze the GLA’s portion of council tax this year for the first time in the history of the GLA and do the same for 2009/2010. Boris Johnson said: ‘During the election campaign, I promised that I would open City Hall and the Mayoralty up to scrutiny by the people of London and that is exactly what I have done. By holding regular public meetings such as the State of London Debate and increasing the number of People’s Question Time events, my administration has given Londoners across the capital the opportunity to come and directly quiz me, my team and some of the senior decision makers in London on the burning issues for the capital, such as the economy, policing, housing, transport and the environment.’ Please note that journalists must bring some form of recognised media accreditation, such as an NUJ card, to gain access to the event.