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Sadiq Khan

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Mayor of London, elected in 2016 and former MP for Tooting.


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Save Your Uber in London

TfL and their chairman, the Mayor of London, announced last week that they have decided not to renew Uber’s Operator Licence when it expires on 30th September. By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London. The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital. This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them. Safety is of the highest importance and drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers. Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS. To defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers - and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners - sign this petition asking to reverse the decision to ban Uber in London. #SaveYourUber

Uber London
858,203 supporters
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Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.

Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to PlasticOceans.org, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,458 supporters
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Petitioning Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan

Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe

As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours.  I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting.  We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time.  A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives.  An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker.  It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline.  Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families.  We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives. 

John Tyson
125,675 supporters
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Petitioning home office, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, David Lammy, Emma Dent MP

Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK

After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family.  Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat.  "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother.  Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am.  Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them.  After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get  their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK

Mirna Ayoubi
107,914 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

London needs an urgent plan to end knife & gun crime. Take action now!

Growing up in the forgotten areas of East London, some of my closest childhood friends have either been stabbed or involved in the stabbing of someone else. I felt powerless back then. I thought I was too young and ill-equipped to really do anything that could make a difference. Violent crime is making headlines right now, but for me has always been there. Such violence was the norm growing up and it shouldn’t have been. A decade after leaving secondary school, the problem is still there, and terrifyingly the data says that the problem is growing. The night before I wrote this (5/4/18) six people were stabbed in London in 90 minutes. Seeing the recent increase in violence and murders around London shows  that not enough has been done to improve the lives of the forgotten people in our city. This is not just a London issue, violent crime is affecting many other cities in the UK. It feels like to those in power, some people’s lives don’t mean as much.  Another death from knife or gun crime is treated as “just another statistic” and in doing so some are desensitized to the real meaning or gravity of another person's death and the direct impact these crimes have on the lives of a victim's family or the indirect impact it has on our society as a whole. It feels like authorities have forgotten the people dying are people’s brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, colleagues, cousins, friends. Victims like Iuliana Tudos, Kwabena Nelson, Leyla Mtumwa are real people who have had their lives stolen from them. After the sharp rise in acid attacks last year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd produced an urgent action plan to tackle the problem. Right now, it is knife and gun crime in London that is killing and destroying people’s lives, we urgently need the authorities to step up and produce a similar plan to tackle it. It doesn’t feel like the Mayor’s Office or the Home Office are doing anything to help. And I have had enough. I have started this petition to urge Sadiq Khan and Amber Rudd to work together, and produce an urgent action plan for how they are going to stop stabbings and gun crime in our capital. This week Sadiq Khan has been using the hashtag #LondonNeedsYouAlive. If he really believes that I want to see him produce some urgent, concrete solutions. Please join me by signing this petition. Together we can make our voices heard. #LondonNeedsUSalive

Alexander Aina
107,184 supporters
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,574 supporters
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Petitioning United Nations Security Council, Government of Pakistan, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan

Call for UN Security Council to intervene in Myanmar stop genocide of the Muslims

Very shocking and disturbing images and video of brutality and genocide in Myanmar are emerging on social media and independent media has confirmed these. The world need to act fast to save this human tragedy. The UN should consider sending troops because Myanmar is constantly refusing to allow UNHCR and other agencies working there. If this continues happening the world will see more instability as terrorist outfits use these incidents to exploit Muslims centimetres for their heinous agenda.

Somi mahmood
63,434 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

Zero tolerance on Islamic extremists

I am just a normal British member of the public, mother and Early Years Manager. In recent months here has been a drive to incorporate British Values into our children's learning from nursery school right through to adulthood. As early years educators we are also having to attend Radicalisation/Channel/Prevent Duty and Safeguarding training. This is all very well and good and I know we have to all be aware and look out for any warning signs and report them but when neighbours don't even recognise that their neighbours are terrorists it is clear they are far more clever in disguising their true intentions. As Theresa has said everyone plays a part and we all have to come together to address the situation we now find ourselves. However, it is also clear we have thousands of people living in this country who are radicalised and are continuing to plot barbaric attacks on our people. What is concerning is that many of these people are known to our counter terrorist unit so it is clear we do not have the resources to watch each and everyone of these people. This surely means there is always a high threat that some will slip through the net and continue to kill and traumatise the British public. I am no expert in politics but for me a mum of three and a concerned member of the public can we surely not say together that it should now be a zero tolerance in any extremism behaviour and anyone displaying such behaviour whether they've committed a crime yet or not should be imprisoned or moved out of our country?!? We cannot continue as we are. This is Great Britain and if people do not respect and follow our values they should not be free to live here, claim our benefits and mix with our innocent children. We need to stand for zero tolerance and get our country back to being a safe place to live in for all our true British citizens and the children of our future. If we want to Keep Britain British and Great then we can not allow it to be taken over by these Barbarians. 

Lisa Sutton
47,722 supporters
Petitioning Saudi Embassy, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Council of British Hajis, Saudi Embassy SA, Yasmin Qureshi MP

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Ayesha Musa
47,488 supporters
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Petitioning Zac Goldsmith MP (MP for Richmond Park)

#InvestInYouthWork

Youth work is important but it’s under threat. Pledge to invest in growing the service for London's young people.   The cuts in youth provisions has had more of an impact on us (young people) than people may think and we care - enormously. Young people want and need to be able to socialise in a safe and secure environment. Youth provisions create great opportunities for young people. They give us places of learning, chances to build friendships, access to professional and local support and to have fun! It gives us a place we can call ours. But it's under threat.  Because of cuts decided by adults, many youth workers are losing their jobs. They are as important to us as the venues and programmes being closed down and under threat. Also, many places we care about are being closed down and hours of delivery being reduced. This issue affects us all, whatever your age. This needs to stop. We want mayoralty candidates to pledge to invest in and protect youth services in London right now. We can see plenty of money being spent on expensive new homes but not on provisions for the community that already lives here. Quality youth work and services are important to us and important to the whole community. London needs these services. We came together thanks to the work of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Rio supports us on this campaign.  “I have often said that if I had not been lucky enough to be a professional footballer I would have worked in youth services in some way, as I remember the support and mentoring my friends and I had when we were young, and some of my friends work in that field to this day. In the current climate youth services are increasingly under threat, and while in some parts of London great work continues as with our partnership with Lewisham Council, in other areas youth provision is minimal and young people are missing the opportunities we had when I was younger.  It is great that young people themselves are recognising the issues confronting them, from youth club closures to jobs to housing, and are campaigning to do something about it. I am proud to support their voice and their cause both personally and via my Foundation.” Rio Ferdinand  We invite the candidates to meet us, listen to us, acknowledge our campaign, and respond to our views and ideas. Change needs to happen before it’s too late. Please sign and share this petition and help us show the candidates for London Mayor 2016 how important youth provision is all over London. We can all be part of the solution.  #InvestInYouthWork

Tia, Jonathan, Melley and Jordan .
40,626 supporters
Ban parked cars with engines running in ALL boroughs

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about engine idling, particularly around the South Circular. The Mayor believes poor air quality is not only a public health issue but a matter of social justice. We estimate thousands of Londoners are dying prematurely every year from long-term exposure to air pollution, with other health impacts over the course of their lives. Research demonstrates these health effects disproportionately impact the most deprived communities. This is why the amount of money committed to tackling the capital’s air quality crisis has significantly increased over five years. Transport for London’s (TfL) Business Plan, for example, includes roughly £800m to deliver far-reaching programmes to address the threat to health from poor air. Some actions include: • introducing an emissions surcharge (dubbed the T-Charge) on top of the Congestion Charge, which will remove older polluting vehicles from central London; • transforming London’s bus fleet by phasing out pure diesel buses and a commitment to purchase only hybrid or zero-emission double decker buses from 2018, with the entire fleet becoming zero-emission by 2037; • making sure we no longer license new diesel taxis from 2018 and supporting the trade to upgrade to much cleaner zero-emission capable vehicles; • introducing five Low Emission Neighbourhoods, spanning eight boroughs and involving a range of local businesses. In addition to continuing the Mayor's Air Quality Fund, these targeted actions will tackle some of the worst pollution hotspots across London, with TfL contributing £14m; and • introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019 and extending its boundaries to the North and South Circulars for all vehicles and London-wide for lorries, coaches and buses. Expanding the ULEZ will lead to approximately 100,000 people no longer living in areas exceeding legal limits. By 2021 there will be a 28 per cent reduction in NOx road transport emissions in outer London and a 31 per cent reduction in Inner London. We agree that idling is a serious issue. Although it is not a major contributor to pollution concentrations as a whole, it can worsen local pollution problems and it is also completely unnecessary and wasteful. The responsibility for enforcing against idling sits with local authorities, however, there are two major constraints to this. The powers that they have come from national regulations laid down by the Government (the Mayor has no control over these), and they only allow a £20 penalty fine. What is more, enforcement officers have to warn drivers first and then give them at least two minutes to turn off after the warning - so, essentially, the powers are very limited and ineffective. To address this some boroughs are introducing local policies which allow larger fines (such as new £80 fines in Islington and Westminster). The second issue is that local government resources are very constrained due to huge government cuts so many are unwilling or unable to divert scarce resources to this issue. However, as a result of the increase of focus on air quality in recent times, more authorities are trying to incorporate idling enforcement into the work of on-street officers. The Mayor has also lobbied the Government to strengthen the regulations on idling - although this is one of a very long list of steps that are essential for the Government to take in order to enable us to properly address pollution. Government have many of the major levers at their disposal (such as implementing a national scrappage scheme to help people to switch away from more polluting diesel vehicles). We are funding a number of boroughs, including the London Borough of Lewisham, through the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, to deliver a pan-London air quality awareness campaign which directly engages with drivers. A pilot project of this type found this kind of positive, information-based intervention to be very effective. The project is looking for volunteers, so it would be great if you would like to sign up. You can find more details at: http://idlingaction.london/. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Ask young people for help to find the solutions to serious youth violence

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website advocating consulting young people to find solutions to serious violence. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) would like to reassure you that the Mayor is committed to consulting young people about serious violence. The findings from over 700 16 to 24-year-olds who were surveyed in a Talk London survey were considered in the development of the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan and young people were consulted and surveyed to inform the commitments in the Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy. Please find a link to the strategy here: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mopac_knife_crime_strategy_june_2017.pdf. MOPAC hosted specific events to engage young people, including a youth roundtable event, workshops with young offenders in HMP Isis prison, and those on community orders under the supervision of youth offending teams, in addition to a Big Talk event with young people. 400 young people were surveyed in the areas most affected by knife crime in London. A Stop and Search group for young people holds the Metropolitan Police Service to account about stop and search practice in Hackney. The young people in the group undertook four days’ training to support their work and used this to produce a DVD called ‘Search Me’ which is used to help train officers and members of the community in stop and search good practice. The trained young people are also tasked with planning community events called “Build Up” which is aimed at improving dialogue between young people and the police. Events have included football matches, role play and sports days with local officers. In light of feedback received from young people about the lack of awareness of the consequences of knife crime, MOPAC asked the Sentencing Council to consider the role that they could play in raising awareness among young people regarding the consequences of knife crime, and what further consultation could take place with young people regarding sentencing guidelines in the future. Young people also helped develop the content of the LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA campaign. This media campaign, launched on 15 November last year, is targeted towards young people raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime; and providing reassurance and advice on what they can do if they have concerns about an individual’s involvement or risk of involvement in knife crime. For more details, please visit the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/london-needs-you-alive. A toolkit for schools, community groups and others to make use of the campaign can be accessed here: www.london.gov.uk/lnya-toolkit. The Mayor’s Knife Crime Action Plan commits to establishing an ongoing youth engagement and consultation mechanism, ensuring young people continue to be consulted and involved in the delivery of the Knife Crime Strategy. Peer Outreach Workers (POWs) are a group of young people from across the capital that help influence the Mayor's policies. The POWs are made up of 30 young Londoners aged 15 to 25-years-old from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. They are commissioned by the Mayor to engage, inspire and gather the opinions of other young people in the capital. Their work helps shape the policies, strategies and services. POWs emphasise to decision-makers the importance of involving children and young people in policies and strategies including tackling youth crime. POWs attended and contributed to the Mayor’s recent Knife Crime Summit in June this year. Young people have also been involved in scoring the bids for the Mayor’s £45m Young Londoners Fund which opened for applications in May 2018. The Mayor created the fund to help London’s children and young adults make the most of our amazing city. It will help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime and it will support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children and young people. The 3-year fund will see £30m made available for projects in local communities. The remaining £15m will be invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners. More information about the Young Londoners Fund can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund. Additionally, all London Crime Prevention Fund bids that work with young people are asked to ensure that young people are involved in co-design and feedback into the service. I hope that this provides some reassurance that the Mayor is committed to asking young people about solutions to serious violence in London and making London an even better and safer place for all. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Install free public showers in London to enhance the wellbeing of those who sleep rough

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about installing public showers in London for those who are sleeping rough in the capital. Like you, the Mayor is very concerned about people sleeping rough in London and he is determined to ensure there is a route off the street for everyone in the capital experiencing this injustice. To this end, the Mayor is spending £8.5 million per year on London-wide rough sleeping services. This funding provides a range of different initiatives, which complement the services commissioned by local authorities. You can find information on all those services on the City Hall website through the following link: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/homelessness. The Mayor has also recently secured an additional £3.3 million from Government to enhance and expand these services for the year to April 2019, to enable them to support more people than ever before. This expansion includes doubling the number of outreach workers in the Mayor’s London Street Rescue team and providing £600,000 to boost winter night shelters. The Mayor is also making the case to national government that they should fully fund services for rough sleepers, and honestly tackle the root causes of homelessness. He recently published his Rough Sleeping Plan of Action, available to read through the link provided above, which details both the work he is currently doing to help people into permanent accommodation, and the action that could be taken with adequate support from central government. That support would need to include both financial commitment and changes to the policies and practices which have contributed to the rise in rough sleeping, including changes to the welfare system. The Mayor’s strategy for tackling wider forms of homelessness and addressing London’s housing crisis more broadly is outlined in the London Housing Strategy, and can be viewed on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/tackling-londons-housing-crisis. The Mayor agrees that basic amenities, and the dignity they afford, should be available to everyone. There are at least 40 day centres in London, many of which offer showers and the opportunity to wash clothes. While I am not aware of any plans to install free public showers across the capital, the Mayor’s outreach service, London Street Rescue, supports rough sleepers to access these day centres. With that in mind, the Mayor’s priority is facilitating a safe, secure and permanent route off the street for everyone forced to sleep rough in London. Whilst using day centres to shower unfortunately places some restriction on the times that the facilities are accessible, it does put rough sleepers in touch with other services which work to support them to leave rough sleeping, rather than just providing a means of sustaining themselves whilst they are sleeping rough. Day centres can provide advice, guidance and advocacy on housing, employment, welfare benefits and a whole range of other issues. The Mayor is planning to do more to support smaller charities and community groups, many of which provide day centres and local winter night shelters. This expansion of their capacity will mean that more people who are currently sleeping rough will have better access to showers and similar facilities. Yours Sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Bring Down First Time Domestic Abuse Offenders

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about removing domestic violence perpetrators from social media and ensuring first-time domestic abuse offenders receive jail time. The experiences outlined in the petition are clearly upsetting, as is the impact that I am sure this has had on the wider family. Whilst London is one of the world’s safest cities for women and girls, the Mayor has publicly stated that it is still not good enough for the many women and girls who experience abuse and violence in our city each year. The Mayor has made specific commitments to tackle these issues and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, has ensured that this is a primary focus for the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) since coming to office. In March this year, MOPAC published the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. This document can be found on the City Hall website through the following link: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/vawg_strategy_2018-21.pdf The Mayor has no powers to set or change legislation. This is the responsibility of central government, but please be assured that the Mayor is working with partners to achieve real change around domestic abuse. The Mayor has made strong representation to the government to go further on tackling perpetrators of domestic abuse through the response provided to the Home Secretary regarding the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation. If you have experienced the issues raised in the petition and would like to seek support, you may wish to get in touch with Women’s Aid. They are a national women’s agency that will be able to provide advice. Their free 24-hour confidential helpline can be reached on 0808 2000 247. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Cycle path on Park Lane underpass (Hilton)

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about improving east–west cycle connectivity across the southern end of Park Lane. Transport for London (TfL) has looked at your suggestion previously as part of its planning for the East-West Cycle Superhighway, together with the City of Westminster and The Royal Parks. I recognise that introducing such infrastructure can strengthen local demands for connecting links, and as such TfL did consider the potential for cycling in the existing pedestrian subway by Curzon Gate. At the time, The Royal Parks did not support a new local cycle route through the park at this point and so TfL also explored permitting cycle use of the footway connecting to Queens Gate but was unable to find a suitable arrangement. Providing for cycling in subways originally designed only for pedestrians can be problematic in terms of mitigating potential conflict. This is particularly the case at the bottom of the ramps leading to this subway, as sight lines are restricted. We have asked TfL to see if the proposal can be considered again. However, any changes would have to form part of a more substantial scheme. Any scheme would also require funding, and the agreement of Westminster City Council. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Recycle Oyster cards in London

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about recycling Oyster cards in London. Innovative ideas like these are crucial to reducing waste in London and the Mayor welcomes your initiative in suggesting it. Transport for London (TfL) has previously looked at whether there is something it can do with this idea as part of a money saving initiative. However, unfortunately it’s not as straightforward as you’d expect. First, there would be a need to create a drop facility in stations that would be secure from theft and tampering. This has been done before but was not well used. The second challenge is more difficult and involves the cleaning and reusing of cards. As the systems stand, once an Oyster card is ‘logically disabled’ it is no longer functional and cannot be made so. Surrendered cards are securely destroyed for the purposes of data security and fraud protection. Furthermore, it’s not currently possible to reinstate cancelled cards. There would likely be a significant cost to develop this in a way which would ensure that the security of personal data belonging to the previous cardholder was not compromised. As you know, many customers now opt to use contactless cards or their smart phones to navigate the TfL network. These services work with contactless cards from all over the world, but most importantly, they create no additional waste. We’ve seen a steady growth of customers using contactless cards for their journeys and the Mayor hopes to see this continue. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Stop the 'Angry Baby Trump Blimp from flying during President Trump's visit to the UK

Dear Petitioner Thank you for contacting the Mayor of London about the blimp at Parliament Square Garden. The UK, like the USA, has a long and rich history of the right and the freedom to protest, freedom of speech and freedom to assemble. Parliament Square is a site used for protests on all kinds of issues across the centuries – it is an important assembly point at the heart of our democracy. The city operations team at the Greater London Authority (GLA), as is usual procedure, met with the organisers of this protest and gave them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp. The city operations team at the GLA have the power to approve use of the gardens as long as a number of criteria are met, such as liability insurance alongside a full health and safety risk assessment by the GLA’s independent consultants. Only once all of this information had been collated and submitted were the city operations team able to review and authorise the use of Parliament Square Garden. The organisers also had to separately seek the necessary approvals from the Metropolitan Police and National Air Traffic Service, which they did. Whilst the Mayor has always supported the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms, he was not involved in the decision at all. It was made by the city operations team at the GLA. It is important to realise it is not the Mayor’s or GLA’s role to act as a censor, or the arbiter of what is or isn’t a good protest, it is the GLA’s job to assess whether it can be done safely, legally and peacefully. Thank you again for writing to us. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit

3 months ago
Stop violent moped crime / No more pillion passengers in inner cities

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about stopping violent moped crime and banning pillion passengers in inner cities. The Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) recognise moped crime as a serious concern and that aside from the initial theft, mopeds are being used to conduct a range of other crimes that may have impacted a number of your petition supporters, ranging from personal theft to serious robberies, and incidents where victims are left severely injured. The Mayor would like to assure you that both the MPS and his Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) are committed to making London safer for all Londoners. This includes working tirelessly to crack down on moped theft and moped enabled crime across the capital. Under Operation Venice, targeted intelligence led-operations are taking place across London, with high visibility patrols in key areas. A range of innovative tactics are being deployed, such as new specialist lightweight scrambler bikes, mobile stingers and a forensic DNA tagging spray that when deployed can be used to connect a thief with the vehicle they have stolen. The MPS has also launched a communications campaign – Be Safe – to encourage motorcycle owners to secure their vehicles in order to deter thieves. A greater police presence – thanks to the Mayor’s commitment to increase Dedicated Ward Officers in every ward – will further serve as a deterrent for aspiring criminals. The combined impact of such innovation and intelligence led operations has seen a positive impact on the number of moped thefts and offences taking place, with these falling, while the number of arrests and prosecutions have been rising. Whilst we are in no way complacent, there has been a decline in moped crime since summer 2017. The peak in moped enabled offending was recorded in July 2017 whereby over 2,600 offences were recorded. In May 2018 this was 1,190 offences which was a reduction that month of 55 per cent compared to the peak last year. At City Hall, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, is pushing partners to work together to ensure the prevention of moped theft and moped enabled crime. Local authorities have been encouraged to consider what can be done to enhance secure parking provision for moped users. Moped user groups are working to cascade crime prevention information. Pressure is continuing to be applied to moped manufacturers to invest in improving security on their vehicles. A ban on riding pillion would unfairly impact many Londoners who have no interest in committing an offence and is therefore not being pursued at this time. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago
Newspaper recycling bins on London's tubes and stations

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about newspaper recycling bins on London's tubes and stations. Transport for London (TfL) is already doing a huge amount to reduce the amount of waste on the network and recycles waste collected on the network wherever possible. In 2017/18 London Underground collected 11,500 tonnes of waste from its stations and over 28 per cent of this was recycled. The majority of waste that is recycled is collected in dedicated newspaper collections. TfL is making efforts to increase the number of these dedicated newspaper collections wherever possible. There is of course waste which is not suitable for recycling. Waste which is not recycled is usually because of contamination, for example food contamination from half-full coffee cups. Such waste is incinerated with energy recovery. To discourage food contamination, TfL has recently completed a successful trial at Southwark Tube station using bins that are split to keep newspapers separate from other waste. TfL is now looking at how to roll these divided bins out across the network to ensure as much waste is recycled as possible while keeping stations clear of litter. There are some constraints to adding bins more widely at Tube stations, which can make progress appear slow. Any bins need to be situated in compliance with fire safety requirements specified by the Fire Brigade. TfL must put the safety of staff and passengers first and opportunities to place bins in new locations that comply with these requirements are rare across the network. Many of our stations are decades old and were not designed with these requirements in mind. Where new stations open or stations are redesigned, TfL seeks opportunities to improve waste and recycling facilities. There are resource and staffing costs associated to emptying bins, especially at the busier stations where intensive bin emptying regimes are required. There is also a limit to how much collected waste can be stored at a Tube station safely before it can be removed and many are already at storage capacity. Despite these constraints, the Mayor and TfL remain committed to reducing the amount of waste and increasing recycling rates on the network where possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago