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The GLA should champion family-friendly employment practices

Caroline Pidgeon successfully proposed a motion in the London Assembly callingfor the Greater London Authority (GLA) to lead the way in reducing the barriers that prevent people from returning to the workplace, especially childcare costs.

Caroline said:

Civil Aviation Authority have let down people in east London

Caroline Pidgeon, transport spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the concentration of flight paths from London City Airport that are starting today, said:

“The changes that are starting today will mean residents who were hardly overflown at all by planes from London City Airport a few years ago now face living under a concentrated flight path.

Mayor agrees to Caroline Pidgeon’s proposals to help tackle knife crime

The Mayor’s decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline’s report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

The Mayor must end his Garden Bridge cover-up

Commenting on the details emerging about the irregular process that approved the Garden Bridge contract - including secret meetings by the Mayor in San Francisco to raise funds for the project before it had been put out for tender - Caroline Pidgeon told the Architects' Journal:

Building affordable homes must be the top priority of the Mayor’s budget

Building more affordable homes must be the top priority of the Mayor’s budget is the central message of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group amendment to the Mayor’s draft budget for the next year.

Their amendment to the Mayor’s budget set out ambitious plans to dramatically increase housing investment in London by converting the current Olympic precept, which is typically £20 a year for most householders, into a new ‘housing precept’.

Mayor has let down London in his obsession with the New Routemaster

The Mayor’s obsession with the New Routemaster is forcing Transport for London to purchase more of the expensive buses for the sole reason of keeping the production line running at Wrightbus, it has been revealed.

Transport for London’s Finance and Policy Committee is set to agree to purchase 30 more New Routemaster buses so as to “enable Wrightbus to maintain the operation of one of the two current production lines”, confirming that there is no market for the New Routemaster buses outside of London.

Mayor should apologise for his real failure to get London hospitals to share data with the police

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the recent boastful statement by the Mayor of London claiming a ‘dramatic’ increase in London’s A&Es sharing information with the police to help reduce violence across the capital, said:

“For many years there has been powerful evidence that anonymous data collected by A&Es leads to more intelligent and effective policing helping to make our communities safer.

Incredible that Chancellor bypassed proper process on the Garden Bridge

As a National Audit Office report highlights the uncertainty over the value for the public money being poured into the Garden Bridge, and George Osborne's bypassing of normal procedure, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“It is incredible that, while the real benefits of the garden bridge are hard to quantify, George Osborne didn’t hesitate to instruct both the Department for Transport and the Mayor of London to pour taxpayers’ money into the scheme.”

Welcoming a ban on killer knives

As the Independent reports that the Home Office plans to ban knives with no legitimate use, Caroline Pidgeon has welcomed the measure:

“Despite all the rhetoric by so many Westminster politicians about being tough on knife crime, the reality is that many practical policies have for too long not been properly adopted to tackle the horrendous loss of young lives caused by knife crime.

It is a mockery to claim there was an open and fair competition over Garden Bridge

Caroline Pidgeon and other members of the London Assembly's GLA Oversight Committee put pressure on the Mayor this week about the process that has been followed to award Heatherwick Studio the contract for the Garden Bridge.

Speaking after the committee meeting, Caroline said:

“You don’t start lobbying for investment in a specific scheme when it has not been selected unless you are absolutely certain of the outcome.

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