Other London News - March 2018

Chief Digital Officer for London — thoughts 100 days in – Medium, February 2018

London Mayor Khan's office to spend 15 million pounds on homes for rough sleepers – Reuters, February 2018

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that his office will contribute 15 million pounds to a fund aiming to provide hundreds of homes at reduced rents to rough sleepers.

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London at the polls – London Communications Agency, February 2018

On 3 May, London’s 32 Borough Councils go to the polls. In the first of several blogs leading up to the day itself, LCA Research Executive Stefanos Koryzis outlines what we now know about where the parties currently stand and maps out the road ahead.

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London’s Economy Today – GLA, February 2018

  • UK economy grows modestly in 2017 as global economic growth speeds up
  • Bank of England indicates that interest rate rises are on the horizon
  • Mixed economic signals for the London economy continue

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London soon to become the world’s first National Park City – National Park City, February 2018

London is a step closer to becoming the world’s first National Park City as the idea has now secured the backing not just of the Mayor of London and members of the London Assembly but a majority of London’s 654 local council ward teams - the local authority councillors elected by Londoners.

With this broad mandate, leaders of the campaign will be working with the Mayor and Londoners across the capital to launch the National Park City in 2019.

Inspired by the aims and values of Britain’s national parks, the London National Park City will celebrate the capital’s remarkable urban landscape and work with Londoners to make the city greener, healthier and more enjoyable.

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London mayor plans neighbourhood on Elizabeth Line site – BBC News, February 2018

The mayor of London has announced plans to transform a tunnelling site into a new neighbourhood with 1,500 homes.

Sadiq Khan said Transport for London (TfL) was seeking to develop the 12.3-acre Limmo Peninsula in Newham, east London.

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Mayor begins search for Chair to lead Child Obesity Taskforce – London Assembly, February 2018

  • Sadiq Khan is looking for a Chair and up to 12 Board members to lead a new Child Obesity Taskforce
  • The new taskforce will launch later this year – with a mission to reduce childhood obesity in the capital and close the health inequality gap that exists across the city

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Sadiq Khan names London’s first Deputy Mayor for Fire following abolition of the capital’s fire authority – Mayorwatch, February 2018

Fiona Twycross will become London’s first ever Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience when governance of the capital’s fire brigade passes to City Hall later this year.

The brigade is currently overseen by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) which, while funded partially by the Mayor, is a legally separate body with its own members.

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TfL facing near £1bn deficit next year after journey numbers fall – The Guardian, February 2018

Budget cuts force London transport authority to ditch some of its tube upgrade plans

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Too much cheap unhealthy food and drink and too many fast food shops make it hard for children to be healthy, say Londoners – Healthy London Partnership, February 2018

Nine out of 10 Londoners (86%) who responded to London’s Great Weight Debate believe tackling London’s childhood obesity epidemic to help children and young people lead healthier lives should be either the top or a high priority for the capital.

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Town hall to save £400k a year by switching all 11k of Islington’s streetlights to LEDs – Islington Gazette, February 2018

Islington Council has pledged to switch all 11,350 of its street lights to environmentally friendly LEDs – saving £400,000 a year.

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