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Mayor's housing plan is a let down for Londoners

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s plans for housing, said:

“Today’s announcement is quite frankly a damp squib compared to what Sadiq Khan promised Londoners before the election.

“The Mayor’s manifesto was quite clear that he would set an ambitious target of 50 per cent of new homes being genuinely affordable.

We need real action to help thousands of missing children

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary on child protection services in the Metropolitan Police Service, said:

“This report highlights how much child protection issues have been marginalised by the Met. The HMIC are absolutely right to highlight their serious concern that within the Met there is no single person at a senior level who is responsible and with oversight of child protection work.

Campaigning for cycle hire in Richmond and Kingston

Caroline Pidgeon joined Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Richmond Park by-election, campaigning for the Cycle Hire scheme to be extended to Richmond and Kingston.

The Liberal Democrats have formally requested this from Transport for London, which has confirmed it will consider further expansions of the scheme if local councils make a funding contribution.

Stop taxi and minicab discrimination against people with guide dogs

Caroline Pidgeon, visited a Guide Dogs event in Parliament on 16th November to show her support for taxi and minicab drivers receiving disability equality training when getting their licence. In September, the London Assembly passed a motion supporting Guide Dogs’ call for an increase in the penalty for refusing access to an assistance dog owner.

Mayor needs to concentrate on tackling overcrowding

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s fare announcement for next year, said:

“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.”

“However much the Mayor attempts to spin the issue his announcement today confirms that many Londoners will see their travelcards and their PAYG caps on travelcards increase next year.

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