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Vulnerable children in London are waiting too long for the Met to improve

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and campaigner for better child protection, commenting on the fourth report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on the record of child protection investigations undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service commented:

“It is disturbing that 15 months after the first highly critical report was published, shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations undertaken by the Met.

Is Mayor’s breach of his pledge on affordable housing a further sign of TfL's dire finances?

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor's announcement that only 40% of homes at the TfL owned Limmo Peninsula in East London will be affordable, said:

"The level of affordable homes proposed on this site falls short of the Mayor’s own minimum target of 50% of homes being affordable on sites he owns. There should be at least 150 further affordable homes on this site.

Fighting knife crime must include more youth workers in A&E

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the announcement that that the Mayor is allocating an extra £15 million next year to boost resources in tackling knife crime, said:

“This is a welcome decision.

“The steep rise in knife crime over the last few years must be reversed.

“We should never forget that it is estimated that for every young person that is murdered another 20 are admitted to hospital with knife crimes.

Unoffical statements about London Plan need to be questioned

Writing at the MayorWatch website, Caroline Pidgeon cautions that the Mayor's office is sending out press releases about a London Plan that is in the drafting process and will not be completed until autumn 2019.

Caroline asks the media to ask critical questions about what they read:

"For a start, all the media reports in the last week have been based on a document that has not even been published until today."

Expanding ULEZ is welcome but Mayor is still not using all his powers to tackle air pollution

Commenting on the announcement that the Mayor is proposing to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the whole of London for bus, coaches and lorries from October 2020, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The Mayor is right to move closer to a comprehensive and expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

“However, while these proposals are right we should not for one moment pretend that the Mayor is doing everything in his powers to tackle London’s toxic air. For the Mayor to peddle this claim is misleading in the extreme.

The whole of London needs rigorous landlord licensing

Inside Croydon reports on the ineffectiveness of Croydon council's landlord licensing scheme - with only one prosecution in the last year.

Caroline told Inside Croydon:

“Within London’s private rented sector there is now a need for a proper and robust framework of regulation across the entire city. The data clearly demonstrates that only a rigorous regime of licensing will result in the enforcement needed to put an end to the problem of rogue landlords that exist across every part of London.”

Mayor agrees that fire safety breaches by landlords must be publicised

Breaches of fire safety legislation by landlords, including details of prosecutions brought by the London Fire Brigade, will now be included on the soon to be launched London rogue landlords database. The assurance was finally given this week by the Mayor of London following questioning by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Responding to the Mayor's police station closure plans

Caroline Pidgeon has set out in a letter to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime a number of concerns with plans to close some police stations and put more reliance in technology.

In particular, Caroline says:

The plan is lacking in detail and many residents have serious concerns about the scope and extent of the Mayor’s police closure plans. These need to be properly addressed.

Met should end perk of expensive flats for senior police officers

As the consultation over the Mayor’s plans to close and sell off police stations across London comes to an end, a call has been made for the Mayor to first examine the continuing practice of senior police officers being offered free accommodation in expensive flats.

Mayor's policing consultation is shambolic

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and Member of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, described the Mayor’s consultation on Met Police Services as ‘shambolic’ after the details of important public meetings were finally published - almost eight weeks after the consultation started.

Caroline, who has been chasing the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime for the details of the public meetings for some time, commented:

“The Mayor should be ashamed of this shambolic consultation process.

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