The week ahead at the London Assembly

9 MARCH 2012

Public meetings and report launches coming up next week:

Tuesday 13 March 2012
2012 transport
Transport Committee – 10am in the Chamber
The Committee will question the following guests about the impact of the 2012 Games on London’s transport system[1]:

Crime could fall during Games, Assembly hears

8 MARCH 2012

Police are hoping that levels of crime in London will fall during the 2012 Games, the London Assembly heard today[1].

At a meeting focusing on how the emergency services plan to deliver ‘business as usual’ during the Games, the Assembly’s Health and Public Services Committee questioned representatives from London’s health and emergency services about their contingency planning for Summer 2012.

Assembly unanimously condemns McCluskey Olympic strike threat

8 MARCH 2012

The London Assembly has condemned remarks by Unite union leader Len McCluskey suggesting the 2012 Games should be seen as an opportunity to protest against the government.

In an interview with The Guardian on 28 February Mr McCluskey stated “I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting. If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that's exactly one that we should be looking at.”[1]

Major expansion of Mayor's cycle hire scheme goes live

8 MARCH 2012

A major expansion of the Mayor’s flagship Barclays Cycle Hire scheme opened to the public this morning (8 March) and Londoners are now able to pick up one of the Mayor’s iconic blue bikes from 2,700 new docking points across the east of the capital. Less than two years since the launch of the scheme and over 10 million hires later, Barclays Cycle Hire has expanded by almost a third in size.

'Let's show London at its best' – Mayor issues rallying cry for Olympic clean up

8 MARCH 2012

  • March –June 2012 – army of community-spirited volunteers to remove grime and litter ahead of 2012 Games

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and "Upstairs, Downstairs" actress Keeley Hawes today called on  Londoners to roll up their sleeves and spruce up the capital ahead of the 2012 Games.     The Mayor announced that P&G will sponsor P&G Capital Clean-up, a four month initiative which is bringing together an army of volunteers to pick up litter, remove graffiti and spruce up some of London’s unloved public spa

News from Jenny Jones: Lower rents and more security needed to stop rise in homelessness

8 MARCH 2012

Abstract: Government figures show a rise of 36% in the number of people becoming homeless in London in the last quarter of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010.

News from Jenny Jones: London cycle hire scheme still falls short

8 MARCH 2012

Abstract: Concerns have been expressed that even with today’s expansion, the London cycle hire scheme will fail to match the Paris scheme.

NEWS FROM JOHN BIGGS; Biggs Condemns Callous “Remploy” Decision

8 MARCH 2012

Proposals for the closure of the Remploy Electronics and E-Cycle factory at Barking have been condemned by Local London Assembly Member John Biggs. The factory employs 60 local disabled people and has provided employment in the area for over 40 years.

Mayor urged to tackle unemployment level head-on

7 MARCH 2012

Urgent leadership is required from City Hall to help deal with the current level of unemployment in the capital, particularly among young people, the London Assembly says today.

A motion agreed by Assembly Members calls on the Mayor to establish a taskforce to coordinate a response and lobby central government for the additional resources needed to equip Londoners and the economy for new opportunities for growth.

Assembly welcomes GLA commitment to diversity

7 MARCH 2012

The London Assembly has welcomed the strength diversity brings to the capital and praised the Greater London Authority Group’s commitment as employers to embrace that strength.

In a motion passed unanimously at its meeting today, the Assembly recognised the diversity that commitment has delivered in the GLA Group workforce, particularly at City Hall.

James Cleverly AM, who proposed the motion, said;