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Lack of clarity on London 2012 risks loss of public support, warn London politicians

Transparency and clarity on the cost of hosting London 2012 is urgently needed if Londoners are to remain supportive of the Games, it was claimed today.
The London Assembly budget committee reports says taxpayers are entitled to be told the total costs of the Games, with clear information about how that total is reached.It says there is currently confusion about what has been spent on the Games, by whom, and on what, which has led to speculation and concern about rising costs. In recent weeks former Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Jack Lemley has warned that the construction projects for the Games are likely to come in late and cost more than expected.More recently, the Government has reported a £900M increase in the estimated infrastructure costs of the Games.Assembly budget committee chairman Sally Hamwee said: 'Transparency and clarity are essential and what has happened over the past few days supports that view. The more it appears that figures are being fudged, the more will support be lost.'

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