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Working for Londoners through the COVID crisis

The last three months have been like no other period any of us can remember.

Caroline has continued to work hard as a London Assembly Member during this time. Here is an overview of some of the issues she has been raising since March.

Supporting London's charity shops as lockdown eases

Caroline has written to the Mayor of London asking him to support London's charity shops through the challenges they face as the lockdown is eased - an expected deluge of donations, and how to clean and "quarantine" them before they go on sale.

Caroline asked the Mayor:

  • What thought has been given to how you, as Mayor, can support and help charity shops in London as we move out of this crisis?

London's healthcare staff need practical support

Caroline has written to the Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, who is co-ordinating much of City Hall's COVID-19 response, asking several key questions on the support and protections being given to our brave healthcare workers in London at this time.

Clapping each week is a nice way for us to show our gratitude, but it is a token gesture. Practical and essential steps must be taken to protect our healthcare workers and indeed all of our key workers.

Specifically, Caroline asked:

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.

Supporting domestic abuse victims during this difficult time

For many people home can be a place of danger, rather than a place of safety. At Mayor's Question Time, Caroline asked the Mayor how we can ensure support for those suffering domestic violence and abuse during this difficult time, where lots of people are having to spend more time at home.

The rising cost of Silvertown Tunnel is a further argument for its cancellation

As the Silvertown road tunnel project was revealed to have increased in cost by £200m compared to what Transport for London claimed in November, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

“Silvertown road tunnel is already turning out to be a hugely expensive construction project and I expect its financial cost will escalate even further.

Silvertown Tunnel contracts will now be made public - but the Mayor must do so before the election

Following pressure from Caroline Pidgeon in the London Assembly, the Mayor has now committed to make public the details of the contracts to build the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel.

Caroline commented:

"It is simply incredible that the £1bn project is going ahead, when we should be spending much more on cycling and pedestrian transport infrastructure.

"The Mayor needs to release the contracts for the Silvertown Tunnel, as promised, before the London elections."

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