The Mayor of London’s budget needs to be “fleshed-out urgently” as questions are raised over the lack of detail.

These comments came earlier today at London Assembly budget committee meeting where assembly members met the Mayor of London’s staff to discuss the draft budget.

Assembly members raised concerns that plans to create a new £1.5 million “transformation fund” were unclear.

According to the draft budget the money will be used by the improve “HR capacity” in the Greater London Authority (GLA) and “remove direct imbalances in the workforce.”

When questioned about how exactly the money would be spent, Mary Harpley, the head of paid service and staff at the GLA told assembly members the money would be spend on developing new technology to make the GLA work better.

She added: “It’s main focus is that we have sustainable ways of working going forward.”

But assembly member Len Duvall was quick to criticise the lack of detail in the proposals.

Mr Duvall said: “We need to flesh out the proposals before we can support it and we need to do that urgently. Post-Grenfell there were questions about the way the GLA works and I am not sure this investment is anything new.

“As a matter of urgency, I would like to see something fleshed out as soon as possible as we start going through the budget.”

Mr Harpley admitted work needed to be done with assembly members and the mayor’s team about how they transformation fund would work and promised to write to the assembly to update them on the proposals.

Assembly members were also assured that plans to start building 116,000 homes by the GLA by 2022 were well underway.

David Lunts, GLA executive director of housing and land said: “Over the last year the number of new homes being build has expanded considerably with grants and affordable housing projects.

“These are very large and ambitious housing programmes with amazing potential.”

Mr Lunts said 95,000 homes have already started to be built and said by 2022 the GLA plans to have started building all £116,000 with the £4.8 billion allocated.

He said the number of new homes in the pipeline was encouraging but added: “We are working flat out and that is not sustainable.”

London Assembly member Leonie Cooper also raised concerns that a drop in Government spending on the environment could threaten the way local authorities are able to manage recycling.

The Mayor of London’s target for recycling in the capital is to recycle 65 per cent of waste by 2025 and reduce food waster by 50 per cent by the same date.

But Ms Cooper commented: “It is realistic we are going to meet those targets with no money to support local authorities?”

She was not reassured the targets would be met.