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No excuse for continuing to restrict Freedom Pass travel

The London Assembly has unanimously backed Caroline Pidgeon's motion calling on the Mayor to reverse the restrictions that prevent Freedom Pass holders using their pass in morning peak hours.

Caroline said:

“The suspension of concessionary travel for 60+ Oyster photocard and Older Person’s Freedom Pass holders before 9am on weekdays was supposed to be only a temporary measure, yet it is still in place 15 months after it was first introduced and with no indication as to when it will be finally lifted.

Lessons must be learnt after Wembley chaos

At Mayor's Question Time, Caroline raised the issue of the chaotic Euro 2020 final scenes at Wembley.

Caroline said:

I was particularly disturbed to hear the experiences of some disabled fans. I’m glad a review is taking place into what happened.

Lessons must be learnt.

When will Crossrail eventually open?

In the London Assembly, Caroline questioned the Mayor on progress with Crossrail, and the continued uncertainty as to the opening date and the total cost.

The Mayor confirmed that he expects the opening to be “in the first half of next year” and the final cost is yet to be determined…

Government and the Mayor must address Covid’s impacts on London’s women

Writing for the OnLondon website, Caroline Pidgeon describes the deep economic impact that the pandemic has had on women in London, how it has set back progress on equality, and the need for action from the Government and the Mayor.

We need to be incentivising companies in London to tackle gender inequality in the workplace as we recover from Covid-19. Lib Dem mayoral candidate Luisa Porritt was a champion for gender pay equality as an MEP and would champion the cause from City Hall too as the capital’s first female Mayor.

The Mayor could do much more on the cladding and fire safety scandal

In the London Assembly, Caroline asked why there are no provisions in the Mayor's budget to support the people affected by the classing and fire safety crisis.

Caroline said:

The government is failing on the cladding and fire safety crisis, yet in London the Mayor could be leading, four years after Grenfell.

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