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Questions on using police to patrol waste and recycling centres

Caroline has written to the Met Police Commissioner on the subject of potential police resources being used as part of the re-opening of household waste and recycling centres in some boroughs across London.

Caroline wrote:

One option that has been suggested and is being considered is that police officers could be deployed to patrol household waste and recycling centres to support staff in ensuring residents act and queue appropriately and maintain a safe distance.

Small and medium-size businesses in London need more support

Caroline has written to the Mayor of London about his support for small and medium-sized businesses in London. SMEs in London need support as a crucial part of our economy, not just now, but also as lockdown is eased and they face the next set of challenges. They have real worries about facing a cliff-edge when the furlough scheme ends, with businesses having to close and workers losing their jobs.

Petition: support nurseries and nursery workers

Caroline has written today to London's Strategic Coordination Group for COVID-19 asking how nurseries in London are being supported, and to urge them to lobby the Government to ensure nurseries and nursery workers are supported through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Caroline is supporting a petition to ask the government to pay furloughed nursery workers through the job retention scheme. Please take a look at the petition and consider signing!

Helplines for those suffering from domestic abuse during the crisis

Thanks to the Met for providing this list of helpline numbers for those suffering from domestic abuse. Please share these widely:

  • The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
  • The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call on 0808 8024040.

Bus safety measures are welcome, but more needs to be done

Caroline talked to ITV News's Simon Harris about the importance of keeping our bus drivers and passengers safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Welcome further measures are being introduced to ensure that our brave and dedicated bus drivers are as safe as possible whilst carrying out their essential roles, but there is still more that can and must be done.

Police custody and bail during the COVID-19 crisis

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to understand the force's plans to keep police officers, staff, detainees and the public safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

Caroline wrote:

There will be many across London who have concerns over the custody environment and the safety of officers, staff and detainees when it comes to the possible transmission of COVID-19 in these environments.

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