Other London News April 2018

Advice for European Londoners – Mayor of London, March 2018

There are approximately one million EU citizens living in London. Following the EU referendum in June 2016, and the start of UK Government negotiations with the EU, the Mayor has consistently called on the Government to provide a cast-iron guarantee to EU nationals that they are welcome to stay in the UK after Brexit.

As the Mayor has said: “You are Londoners, you are welcome here and you deserve a commitment from the Government that you can stay”.

Whatever the outcome of negotiations, EU citizens need access to accurate and up-to-date information and advice about their rights. To make the process as straightforward as possible, the Mayor intends to launch an online portal for EU citizens in the capital.

The portal will provide information about European citizens’ rights post-Brexit and links to advice and support services in London. It will also direct users to expert legal advice, support services and guidance on employment rights.

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How London battled the 'Beast from the East' – BBC News, March 2018

So how did the capital cope?

Well broadly London kept on moving but, of course, many services were affected.

There was certainly an improvement compared to the infamous snow day when London's bus fleet ground to a halt in 2009.

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Home Truths 2017/18: the housing market in London – National Housing Federation, March 2018

Unaffordable housing is one of the biggest challenges for London. The lack of new homes has driven prices out of reach for local people. This report provides local data on the housing market in London.

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Knife crime has left London’s young people reeling. We need action now – The Guardian, February 2018

Parts of London are in a state of emergency after a spate of stabbings. Cuts to services have fractured community cohesion.

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London employment support programme starts work – London Councils, February 2018

The Work and Health Programme (WHP) in London launched across the whole of the capital. The WHP is an employment support programme delivered by four sub-regional groups of boroughs to assist Londoners to secure sustained employment and benefit from the social and economic benefits of work.

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Londoners are the most economically empowered, but Britain as a whole feels disenfranchised – City AM, March 2018

People in the capital are more likely to say they have some influence over the nation’s most powerful economic institutions than any other regions, the research from the influential RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) will show.

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London river crossings: TfL planning construction timeline for Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycling bridge – City AM, March 2018

Plans for a new river crossing in east London were given a boost today with the backing of Londoners, so Transport for London (TfL) will now draw up more detailed designs and a construction timeline.

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Mayor: London must do more to get women into senior roles – London Assembly, March 2018

Sadiq Khan said more needs to be done to get women into senior roles to address the pay gap between men and women in the capital. The Mayor of London’s comments came as he published the latest gender pay details in the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group.

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Memorandum of Understanding - London CJS – London Assembly, March 2018

A new agreement to reduce reoffending and provide a more integrated approach to victims of crime in London has been announced by the Justice Secretary and the Mayor of London. They will work alongside local councils towards justice devolution and explore how to better join up local criminal justice services in the capital.

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Revealed: London is the most unequal place in the UK – ITV, March 2018

New research shows there are vast regional variations when it comes to wealth - with single-parent families among the hardest hit.

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Support for children with SEND must be properly funded, say London boroughs – London Councils, March 2018

London Councils has welcomed the government’s announcement of new action to improve outcomes for children with additional needs, while warning that the funding shortfall for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must be urgently addressed.

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Why are some boroughs missing out from London’s education success story? – Trust for London, March 2018

London’s education success story is by now well known: over the past 15 years, educational attainment in London has improved dramatically, surpassing the rest of the country. However, not all boroughs are sharing in London’s success, with students’ performance resembling the rest of England more closely in some boroughs. This blog looks at two such boroughs – Havering and Hillingdon, and considers to what extent academic research on the ‘London effect’ can explain their performance.

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