Other London News January 2018

Government cuts force Mayor to propose 27p a week council tax increase – Greater London Authority, December 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced proposals to increase his share of council tax from April 2018 by an average of 27p a week – the maximum amount allowed by the Government. All of the additional money raised will help fund the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.

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London Datastore and Dashboard December Update – Greater London Authority, December 2018

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London's hospital trusts starved of cash, says NHS boss who quit in protest – Evening Standard, December 2017

The NHS chief who quit in protest at Government underfunding warned today that most other London hospitals are “struggling” to cope.

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London’s Economy Today – GLA, December 2017

·         UK inflation hits six-year high adding further squeeze to cost of living

·         Brexit negotiations move to look at the future relationship

·         London’s economy starts 2018 on a solid footing

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Londoners given GP access over weekends and evenings – BBC News, December 2017

Londoners can now book GP appointments for evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

An extra 75,000 routine appointments a month will be available in the capital as part of a scheme by NHS England.

The £26m initiative aims to reduce pressures on stretched A&E departments.

The British Medical Association (BMA) was "encouraged" that the plans cover extra staffing expenses, but was worried by doctors' rising workloads.

London is the first area to offer the extended service.

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Newham’s selective licensing scheme renewed – except for the Olympic Park -  Shelter, December 2017

The Government has decided that Newham can renew its selective licensing scheme across almost all of the borough, for another five years.

Five months after the council first submitted its application, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has given Newham permission to renew its scheme, except for the E20 postcode – the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site, not the fictional Albert Square.

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Mayor joins charities in fight to ensure no one forced to sleep rough - Greater London Authority, December 2017

A coalition of 18 charities has united for the first time and joined forces with the Mayor of London to launch a new campaign to help rough sleepers in the capital.

Alongside the Mayor’s record levels of City Hall investment in services to give people sleeping rough somewhere to sleep and access to the support and help they need, the ‘No one needs to sleep rough in London’ campaign raises awareness and sets out how Londoners can help ensure there is a way off the streets for rough sleepers this winter.

In a new approach, the Mayor Sadiq Khan, has helped bring together 18 charities that have decades of experience in helping people sleeping rough in the capital, to form a coalition – the London Homeless Charities Group.

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Mayor unveils new plans for countering violent extremism in London – Greater London Authority, December 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today unveils an ambitious new work programme designed to improve and renew efforts to tackle violent extremism – from both the far-right to the so-called Islamic State/Daesh - in the capital.

The programme, which will begin at City Hall early next year and run throughout 2018, will aim to empower Londoners to speak out against extremism to help keep London safe.

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Sadiq sets out vision for a growing and inclusive economy – Greater London Authority, December 2017

  • Mayor’s new Economic Development Strategy aims to create economy that works for all Londoners, with new measures to support small businesses and entrepreneurship
  • New £100m Small Medium Enterprises (SME) fund to invest in growing businesses
  • Mayor launches pioneering Civic Innovation Challenge for small tech companies addressing issues on inequality, climate change and ageing population
  • Help for those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to boost science ambitions and access business finance

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