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Stop private hire discrimination against people with assistance dogs

The London Assembly has backed the Guide Dogs for the Blind campaign to ensure that there are far more effective sanctions against private hire drivers who refuse access to assistance dogs.

The Assembly agreed a unanimous motion calling for this to be penalised with a level 4 fine, in keeping with offences such as ticket touting.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, who proposed the motion, said:

“Although the law is crystal clear that it is a criminal offence for taxi and private hire drivers to refuse access to disabled people with assistance dogs, it is sadly the case that such discrimination takes place far too often, especially in relation to private hire drivers.

London must be given more say over how its taxes are spent

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s speech today calling on the capital to be given more powers over how it spends the money it makes said:

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Mayor in his call for more devolution of powers to London and most importantly greater say over how taxes raised in the capital are spent.

On the River Thames

Caroline Pidgeon AM met with Thames Tideway Tunnel project officers for a trip along the River Thames to look at some of the sites where major works will take place to build the Tunnel. The Tunnel will remove sewage from London in a modern way, rather than the current situation which means when it rains heavily, sewage is washed into the River Thames.

Past failings by Boris Johnson on housing must now be addressed

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s description of the previous Mayor’s ‘Concordat’ scheme to supposedly stop developers advertising London homes abroad first for overseas buyers as ‘toothless’ said:

“Sadiq Khan is absolutely right to criticise the weak measures adopted by the previous Mayor.

Say goodbye to the EU, say goodbye to the benefits of the European Investment Bank

Writing for Liberal Democrat Voice, Caroline Pidgeon described the role of the EU's European Investment Bank in funding British public infrastructure projects:

I was first alerted to how significant its lending was when I read the papers going to the Transport for London (TfL) Board last September. I discovered TfL had entered into a new £1 billion corporate loan with the EIB to support investment in a number of projects, including station upgrades, track renewals and cycle superhighways.

Time to investigate foreign home ownership

The London Assembly has agreed a motion asking the Mayor to commission research into the effects of overseas investment on the London housing market.

With London property continuing to attract foreign buyers, Members determined that the Mayor now has a duty to analyse what impact this investment has on the price, affordability and supply of homes across the capital.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, who proposed the motion said:

“To ensure we have the right policies in place to tackle London’s housing challenges we must first have a full understanding of the real impact that overseas investment is having on the price, affordability and supply of homes for Londoners.

First steps back for London Lib Dems as our total number of votes increases

Speaking as the Mayoral and London Assembly results were announced on 6th May, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"I am happy to be reelected to the Assembly and encouraged by the Mayoral result as we know that it will take time to rebuild the party. These are our first steps back and I am happy to have substantially increased the Party's total number of votes in London.

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