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Sadiq Khan

  • Mayor of London

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


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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
169,358 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
124,335 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Sadiq Khan

SACK Sadiq Khan as London Mayor

Sadiq Khan is a ‘controversial’ mayor and the worst we have ever seen. with his recent comments on Trump It’s very worrying to see London mayor having an agenda on a Person he has never met before. khan said its ‘unbritish’ to roll our a red carpet this could be interpreted as a ‘racists comment’ for many reasons depending on how people sees it. hes also offensive and disrespectful and dangerous in the comments he has made. he also gave permission to fly the immature baby blimp of President Donald Trump again which is totally offensive. he has also done a bad job on crime and said its part of the parcel living in a big city. hes damaging our relationship and democracy. its time he’s sacked by the people. A lot of people are concerned about crime which has increased to: * Rape up 18% * Theft up 34%  * Homicide up 27%  * Burgarly up 19%  * Gun crime up 16% * Knife crime up 31% * Youth Homicide up 70% Is this a future you want? the only way to reduce crime is to sack Sadiq Khan who has said its part of parcel and hasn’t condemn any violence and is always in-denial. He’s very childish when it comes to relationships with the United States and it’s President Donald Trump. Because, Sadiq Khan says he’s like a baby � this is ignorance and a lack of respect. London, does not stand for this. sadiq Khan fails to make crime fall as since he’s been mayor people are always being killed and feeling unsafe on the streets of London. Which is why many people have signed my petition due to the fact they are really concerned he is failing on what he promised. Mr Khan is also blamed for the increase ‘knife crime’ and rather than being unwelcome to the president and treating those who are Brexiteers are appalling. nobody, no longer feels safe in the great city of London. Liam Gallagher has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to London’s knife crimeepidemic, claiming that he is fearful for the safety of his children. “Every morning you wake up there’s some 16-year-old being knifed to death and that,” the former Oasisfrontman told BBC Breakfast. “I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers. I’d have a word with that mayor – he seems to not be doing a good job, all them kids getting knifed and all that.” Referencing Khan’s official campaign to celebrate the capital’s diversity, Gallagher continued: “The only thing that ever comes out of his mouth is, ‘London is open’. What, open for knife crime and dying and stuff?” a lot of famous people are also calling Khan out for his lack of morals and his incompetent and immature and ignorant behaviour. he does not stand for London nor does he represent them. this is out capital and he’s causing divisions. He gets a big salary off £143,911 which a lot of people would love the chance to have and funny how he has security and does not care about anyone. He could donate this money to ��‍♀️ Then, he got rid most of the police in London which is why the crime has increased considerably. This unintelligent comments London mayor Sadiq Khan calls President Donald Trump ‘6ft 3 child’ made by mayor is unnaceptable and spewing hatred and should be sacked. He also described President as ‘poster boy for racists’ this is totally unnaceptable and unnecessary that the mayor wants to savage our relationship and is a deluded and absurd man! these comments made by him could lead to hatred and violence. He really contradicts himself.  He also joked to ask whether people got their phones on and if the President has tweeted. Everyone, fed up with this vile and hatred and disgusting human being who has so much anger. It’s really worrying to see since he is the mayor of our great capital. im asking you alongside everyone who signed to sack the disgrace Mayor who represents no one apart from himself. hes also incompetent when comes down to crime and so much more...... Another, reason Sadiq Khan should be sacked is he no longer represent the people of London our great capital. He unwelcome the president which is our closest ally. He also has a biased opinion and despite the fact he should stay out of the government business, makes you wonder how he treats his constituents. SADIQ KHAN’S single greatest failure as the Mayor of London has been revealed by Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who insisted the "situation will not change" under his leadership. Even now other people have basically said Mr Khan is ‘Inept’ and nothing will change as long as he will be our mayor.  This is why he needs to be removed office as the people are losing faith and thousands people from London mostly signed my petition and they have complained about the way he had done things badly. “Sadiq Khan's record as London Mayor has been marked by rising knife crime across the capital and a very public spat with President Donald Trump. But, Shaun Bailey, who will be competing against Mr Khan in next year’s mayoral election, told Express.co.uk that he felt Mr Khan’s greatest failure had been an all-encompassing lack of leadership. He said: “Crime has demonstrated that he’s shown no kind of leadership in London at all. And we really need that leadership right now.” He also spent all of his time trying to blame others whilst not owning up to the fact he has poor communication and poor leadership. So then we know the situation won’t change as long as he is mayor. In London your always hearing on the news there’s knife attacks, there’s attacks of all sorts and yet you continue to let him hold office. But he never condemns on TV and keeps-very quiet while there people who had kids and feel unsafe. Because of Khans divisions people feel unwelcome to visit London for many reasons such as the dramatic decrease of police. Sadiq has also not delivered on all the promises he made which makes him inept. Mr Khan has defended his record and blamed Government cuts for the rise in crime in London. A spokesman said: "Knife and violent crime is slowing in the capital, but Sadiq is absolutely clear that it remains unacceptably high - across the country - as a direct consequence of the crippling cuts the Government has made to the police and preventative services since 2010." Mr Khan blames everyone else apart from himself he never takes any sort of responsibility for the mistakes he has made.   His record is a catastrophe which we are demanding democratic you sack him otherwise the problem will get worse.   I could says paragraphs more but will keep very short....

Lee Sibley
104,553 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Stop Mayor Khan's ULEZ zone extension to the North & South Circular roads in London

The extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular Roads will price working Londoners off the roads !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North & South Circular roads will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs ,to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ !!  The ULEZ standards are: Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles So if you own a petrol car older than Jan 2005 (Euro 4 ) you will have to pay : If you own a motorcycle non Euro 3 compliant or first registered before July 2007 you will have to pay  If you own a diesel car not Euro 6 compliant (registered before Sept 2014 ) you will have to pay . A stealth tax & NOTHING to do with air pollution !! Also what steps have Transport for London taken to cope with the already struggling bus , tube & train services ??ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !! THIS IS JUST THE START ..Mayor Khan plans to extend the ULEZ zone still further up to the M25 !! EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN/CITY , TRUST ME !! 

John Wyszomierski
94,531 supporters
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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
68,543 supporters
Closed
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
47,702 supporters
Victory
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 .
40,601 supporters
Save Kennington Police Station for local community use

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website “Save Kennington Police Station for local community use”. It is important to understand the constraints the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is working to. The Mayor has urged the Government to reverse the £850 million of cuts forced on the MPS, as well as their cuts to the preventative and youth services we need to keep our city safe. Because of Government underfunding the MPS has had to make cuts since 2013-14 and will be required to reduce expenditure by a further £263 million by 2022-23. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) is under a duty to have regard to the principles of value for money when disposing of property assets under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, and the Financial Management Code of Practice for Police Forces (Oct 2013). This is normally demonstrated by an open market exercise in line with local planning practice which gives the opportunity for all to bid. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) has held discussions with representatives from Oasis regarding the future of the Kennington Police Station site. As this has been registered by Lambeth Council as a site of community value, community groups who express an interest within six weeks of the notification to the council of the formal decision to dispose of the site will have a period of six months (including the six weeks referred to) to develop a bid. The receipts from the disposal of police assets are used to transform and improve the MPS retained estate and its technology - to improve the policing service to Londoners – making officers more efficient and effective, and more mobile and visible. The rationalisation of the estate also generates revenue savings to support frontline policing and avoids future investment costs to maintain buildings. Before any site in excess of £1 million in value is sold, the MPS must seek the DMPC’s approval – this will be a public decision and be available on MOPAC’s website. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Bring back Curfew & Stop and search 24/7

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about knife crime. Government cuts have affected policing around the UK and crime has gone up across UK. The issue with knife crime is a national problem requiring a national solution. Please see the below responses to your petition. Curfews for 11 to 22-year-olds It is important to ensure that the measures put in place to tackle knife crime are proportionate and targeted to those inflicting the greatest harm. Tough enforcement measures play a vital role in tackling knife crime. But enforcement alone will not solve the problem. The Mayor also has a focus on creating positive change; addressing underlying vulnerabilities and strengthening protective factors. The Mayor supports the use of targeted activities and interventions that can be evidenced to deter young people from carrying knives and committing violent offences. Stop and search 24/7 all teenagers The Mayor supports the targeted and intelligence led use of stop and search powers. Stop and search is just one operational police tactic that can be used as part of a suite of activities to address knife crime. Stopping teenagers indiscriminately without justification would not be legal or ethical. It is important to remember that the vast majority have no involvement in violence or crime in general. The police do utilise section 60, which allows officers to stop and search anyone in a geographically defined area without grounds as there is intelligence to suggest there may be a risk of serious violence. This however applies to everyone and not just teenagers and is only in place for a limited time-period. Whenever someone is stopped and searched it is mandatory for officers to switch on their body worn video which provides assurance to the public that the officer is acting in accordance with the law and procedure. It also captures anything that may be found during the search that could be used for evidential purposes. Ensuring that stop and search is targeted, ethical and proportionate is vital to maintaining a positive relationship between young people and the police. Mandatory anger management courses and counselling for 10 to 22-year-olds Counselling and support schemes can be a useful resource in tackling the emotional trauma that is often a factor in the lives of young people involved with serious violence. The Mayor is taking a public health approach to tackling violence and supports the use of targeted programmes that can be evidenced to help address the underlying issues that can lead to violent offending. However, services in London are stretched, which means providing a blanket service for anyone between the ages of 10-22 would not be practical. If something like this were to be rolled out it would need to be targeted and focused to those who really need it. The Mayor will continue to lobby the Government for more resources for London. Stop all online purchases of weapons i.e. knives/guns The Mayor supports determined, targeted enforcement by the police and partners like Trading Standards to get dangerous individuals and dangerous weapons off our streets. This includes greater Borough-led activity to catch knife offenders and to deter anyone thinking of carrying a knife, as well as activity to target the online sale of knives to young people. 10 -15 years in prison if caught with a knife. Full term no halves. It is important that the criminal justice response is proportionate to the impact and severity of the crime committed. The Mayor has lobbied the Sentencing Council to ensure judges have a clear understanding of the importance of more appropriate and consistent sentencing for those caught with a knife, and a noticeable increase has been recorded in the number of offenders receiving custodial sentences when being caught with knives. However, the Mayor is not complacent and will continue to work with government agencies to ensure judges have the confidence to deliver tougher sentences. Bring back youth clubs, youth training. Engage them in activities. Central government continues to cut vital services. £39m has been lost from London’s youth services since 2011, meaning that local authorities have had their youth service budgets cut by an average of 44 per cent, resulting in the closure of 81 youth centres and the loss of at least 800 full-time youth workers in the capital. It is important that young people have access to youth clubs, training and places they can socialise without the fear of violence. The Mayor understands the importance of ensuring such provision is available in our communities and has persistently lobbied the government for more funding for youth programmes. In an attempt to ensure young people still have access to some services the Mayor has created the £45 million Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It is supporting a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners. So far 179 projects have been awarded funding, these include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions. The causes of violence are complicated, and so there is no one simple solution to tackling it. Progress will come from a combination of tough enforcement by the police and interventions to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. Taken together, this short-term enforcement by the police and long-term activity across services in London will deliver a relentless focus on tackling knife crime and violence across the capital. The Mayor is determined to take action to prevent these crimes and protect young Londoners. He is passionate about making sure that every young person in London, no matter who they are or where they live, grows up in safety and with the opportunities to reach their potential. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit

3 weeks ago
Give mental health services sufficient funding

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about mental health services funding. The Mayor agrees that more needs to be done to support the NHS in terms of funding for mental health services. Whilst he does not have any responsibility for delivering health and care services or the power over the NHS budget nationally or in London, he uses his role as chair of the London Health Board to challenge the NHS and other partners to move further and faster in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners. Good mental health is as important as physical health for Londoners, and the Mayor is working with partners to help prevent mental ill health and tackle stigma and discrimination so that Londoners can share in a city with the best mental health in the world. The Mayor helped launch Thrive LDN, a citywide movement to improve the mental health of all Londoners. As part of his work through Thrive LDN, he has used his Young Londoners Fund to train 100 Youth Mental Health First Aider instructors. They will be working to make sure every state school in London has a Youth Mental Health First Aider. The Mayor will continue to campaign for the Government to give London the resources it needs, and he will continue to call for mental health to be given parity with physical health across all our public services. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Stop the new ultra low emissions tax in London for Diesel cars and vans

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Toxic air pollution is causing a public health crisis. Over two million Londoners live in areas that exceed legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), of which over 400,000 are children. Toxic air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths in London each year. It is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, is a cause of cancer, and increases the risk of asthma, stroke and dementia. Air pollution is also a social justice issue, with the most deprived Londoners most likely to be exposed to air pollution, and yet least likely to own a car. The ULEZ is part of a bold package of measures that the Mayor is undertaking to clean up London’s toxic air. While the Mayor is also acting on other sources, road transport is the greatest contributor to air pollution in London. There is no way to make the massive improvements needed to London’s air quality without tackling the most polluting vehicles and so this must be a focus for action. The Mayor is leading by example with the fleets in his control. For example, since he was elected, three quarters of Transport for London’s (TfL) bus fleet, including all buses operating in the central zone, now meet or exceed the ULEZ emissions standard. The Mayor’s bus retrofit programme means that over 9,000 buses in TfL’s fleet will meet the emissions standard in 2020. But given the scale of the task, everyone must play their part. ULEZ emissions standards While all vehicles are responsible for air pollutant emissions, petrol engine vehicles emit significantly lower air pollutants (i.e. nitrogen oxides – NOx – and particulate matter) than diesel-powered ones. Therefore, the ULEZ standards have been set at Euro 6 diesel because this has the equivalent limit for NOx as the Euro 4 petrol standard. The Euro 4 diesel standard is not equivalent to the Euro 4 petrol standard. Further information on Euro standards can be found at: https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/eu/ld.php. Taxis and the ULEZ Taxis are not in scope of the ULEZ because they are legally obliged to use a certain type of vehicle that is purpose designed for London’s unique street network and fully accessible to wheelchair users. However, the Mayor is taking action to clean up the taxi fleet with new black cabs required to meet much higher emission standards than cars and vans. From 2018, no new diesel taxis have been licensed and all new taxis need to be zero emission capable. There are currently over 1,500 zero emission capable taxis in the fleet. TfL has recently consulted on a proposal to reduce the age limit from 15 years to 12 years by 2022 for older, more polluting taxis and accelerate the uptake of cleaner vehicles. This would affect most owners of diesel taxis. ULEZ income The goal of the ULEZ it not to generate revenue. Its goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners by helping to clean up the capital’s air. TfL is spending vastly more on improving air quality – around £800 million – than it expects to receive through net income from the ULEZ. Any income generated from the scheme, after costs are taken into account, will be invested in improving air quality across London’s transport network. However, this income is expected to decrease year-on-year as more vehicles meet the standards. Assessment of environmental impact Thorough and comprehensive assessment of the impacts of the ULEZ was conducted based on highways, transport and air quality emission models. This was backed by surveys of Londoners to understand how people would choose to respond. A full Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) on the health, environmental and economic impacts of the ULEZ was also carried out by an independent consultancy. All this information was publicly available during the public consultations on the ULEZ and thoroughly informed the Mayor’s decision. You can see these assessments at: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/ultra-low-emission-zone#on-this-page-1. Vehicle replacement and scrappage We do not want people to have to pay the ULEZ charge, but rather walk, cycle, take public transport or use cleaner vehicles. The Mayor recognises that some motorists will need help switching to greener transport options. To help ensure public transport is an affordable option, the Mayor introduced the Hopper fare on buses and implemented the TfL fare freeze. Where Londoners do need to use their vehicles, we want these to meet the ULEZ standards. However, the ULEZ does not require the purchase of an expensive new vehicle. Euro 4 compliant petrol cars have been widely available to purchase since 2006, with some available as early as 2000, meaning there are second-hand vehicles available. The Mayor has also announced £48 million funding to create vehicle scrappage schemes that aim to help micro-business owners, charities and low-income Londoners scrap older, more polluting vehicles in favour of cleaner ones and greener forms of transport to help clean up the city’s toxic air. Details of the scheme for low-income Londoners will be available soon; you can find out more about the scheme for micro-businesses and charities here: https://tfl.go.uk/scrappage-scheme. The Mayor is urging government to match this and go further to deliver a targeted vehicle renewal fund to offer even more drivers a fair deal. He is urging Londoners to write to their local MP to raise this issue with Government. This is a national issue that requires a national solution. The ULEZ will extend up to inner London in October 2021 and tighter emissions standards will be applied to heavy vehicles in the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from October 2020. These actions, along with the Mayor's other measures to clean up buses and taxis, as well as investments in public transport and walking and cycling, are expected to help cut air pollution to legal levels by 2025. This means the number of London’s schools in illegally polluted areas is expected to drop from over 400 to five in 2020, and zero by 2025. While everyone will benefit from the Mayor’s air quality measures, including the ULEZ, the most deprived Londoners will benefit the most. It is expected that there will be around a 70 per cent reduction in the difference in average NO2 concentrations between the capital’s most and least deprived areas by 2030. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
End appalling 'anti-begging' TFL announcements

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about announcements on the Transport for London (TfL) network. No one should be faced with sleeping rough on our streets or on public transport. TfL is committed to supporting vulnerable people on its network and is supporting the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in his efforts to do all he can to help them find accommodation, access support services, and reconnect with family and friends. The announcements you refer to have been changed and TfL is using the following new announcement in stations: “TfL and the Mayor of London are committed to helping rough sleepers get off the street. You can help too, by donating to charity projects and referring rough sleepers to support services via StreetLink. Search ‘Help London’s Homeless’ to find out more.” The Mayor and TfL jointly fund a dedicated homeless outreach team that works on its services, including buses and the night tube. This team has already had great success in finding people accommodation and helping them off the streets. Feedback from drivers and other staff has been very positive about the benefits of having dedicated outreach workers engaging directly with rough sleepers on transport services. Londoners can play their part in helping this outreach team and others across London too through Streetlink (www.streetlink.org.uk). This service uses information from concerned members of the public to let outreach teams know where potential rough sleepers might be, so they can visit them to offer help. More broadly, the Mayor has also made it easier for Londoners to donate to charities who run frontline homelessness services in London through supporting the London Homeless Charities Group. This is a group of 22 homelessness and rough sleeping charities across London that Londoners can donate to through a single donation point. All donations are shared amongst these charities to provide real help for rough sleepers. By donating to the London Charities Homeless Group, people can directly help fund homeless services and help vulnerable people off the street. We are encouraging Londoners to donate via https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/homelessness/end-homelessness. We hope that by offering Londoners this way of donating, and by making it clear how Londoners can let services know about people they are concerned about, TfL is helping to make sure everyone can play a part in helping homeless people off the streets and its transport network. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Team Greater London Authority

1 month ago
STOP the children of Tower Hamlets' from dying prematurely #AirPollutionRevolution

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about air pollution in Tower Hamlets. Tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners requires bold action. Air pollution is a public health crisis and the Mayor refuses to stand back as millions of Londoners breathe in air so filthy that it shortens life expectancy, harms our lungs and worsens chronic illness. That is why the Mayor has recently introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London to clean up London’s toxic air. The ULEZ, and other measures like cleaning up buses and no longer licensing diesel taxis since 2018, will deliver cleaner air for millions of Londoners, including in Tower Hamlets. We expect the ULEZ to reduce exhaust NOx emissions by around 45 per cent in central London, and the Mayor’s package of measures will have wider impacts for all of London. King’s College estimate that without action, it would take 193 years to bring London’s air quality to legal levels. The Mayor’s action means it is expected we will do this in 6 years. This means the number of schools in London in illegally polluted areas across London will reduce from over 450 today to zero in 2025. Since the Mayor announced the Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) in February 2017, there has been around a 20 per cent reduction in NO2 concentrations measured at roadside monitoring sites in the central zone. In the first month of operation (excluding non-typical days, such as bank holidays) the compliance rate with the ULEZ standards was around 74 per cent in a 24-hour period. This compares to 39 per cent in February 2017 (when the Mayor confirmed the introduction of the T-Charge as a stepping stone towards the ULEZ), and 61 per cent in March 2019 (congestion charging hours). The Mayor has also introduced a Low Emission Bus Zone in Tower Hamlets from Mile End Road to Romford Road. This means that only buses that meet the cleanest emission standards operate within the zone. Crucially, air pollution is not a problem the Mayor can solve alone. As the Mayor does not have the necessary powers to tackle all sources of air pollution, it requires far stronger support and leadership from national Government to reach legal compliance sooner. The Mayor recognises that some motorists will need help switching to greener transport options, which is why he has announced £48 million funding to create scrappage schemes that help micro businesses, low-income Londoners and charities operating minibuses switch to cleaner vehicles and greener forms of transport to help clean up the city’s toxic air. He will also continue to call for greater commitment from the Government to protect the health of our citizens through, for example, a fully-funded, national diesel scrappage fund to get more polluting vehicles off our streets, as well as new powers so that cities across the UK can take the action needed to clean up our air. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Open a safehouse for male victims of domestic violence

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about a safehouse for male victims of domestic violence. The Mayor recognises that domestic abuse is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The Mayor’s Office funds a number of support services for people experiencing domestic abuse, including male survivors, through the Integrated Victim and Witness Service (IVWS). I understand your concerns about male specific refuge provision and want to reassure you that, while there is not a male-specific safehouse, the current services in place will not leave a person at risk of homelessness due to their gender. The service is proactive in identifying any safeguarding issues and ensures that safe accommodation is arranged where necessary, irrespective of the gender of the victim or perpetrator. The IVWS includes a specialist service for both male and Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning+ survivors of domestic abuse. Any person experiencing domestic abuse can also access the London Housing Reciprocal, which is a longer-term housing programme for those who have to flee their homes due to abuse. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Knife Amnesty in London

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about a knife amnesty in London. Making London safer was a critical part of the Mayor’s manifesto and his 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan. In addition to this, the Mayor published a tough Knife Crime Strategy for London in 2017. The Mayor has been clear that the levels of violence, which have risen in London and around the country, are too high. Every life lost to violence is a tragedy and every injury has serious impacts on those affected and London’s wider communities. We are pleased to confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service is working with Words 4 Weapons, the UK’s leading weapons surrender charity, to operate knife surrender bins in London. These knife bins are available for people to dispose of their knives safely and anonymously; no registration is required, and there are no records kept of who uses these bins. This enables people to deposit their knives without the requirement for amnesty. There are currently 18 knife bins across London, and you can find information about the locations on the following webpage: https://www.word4weapons.co.uk/bin-locations/ The Mayor’s ongoing social media campaign ‘London Needs You Alive’ #LNYA raises awareness of the consequences of knife crime and provides reassurance and advice for people who are concerned about someone’s involvement in knife crime. A toolkit has been developed for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others to make use of the campaign’s materials. This allows teachers to educate students in the way suggested in the petition. More information about this, and the other work carried out by the Mayor’s Office and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime, can be accessed on the City Hall website at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/our-priorities. The Mayor has also created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young people fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. The Mayor’s initial investment of £45 million into the Young Londoners Fund will support a range of education, sport and cultural activities for children and young people, as you set out in the petition. This funding is in addition to £1.4 million which has been allocated to support 43 grassroots, community-led, anti-knife crime projects across the capital. We hope that this provides some reassurance that the Mayor is committed to doing all he can to tackle the rise in knife crime in London and making London an even safer place for all. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
STOP KNIFE CRIME

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website asking the Mayor to take action to stop knife crime. Making London safer for young people was a critical part of the Mayor’s manifesto and in his 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan. In addition to this, the Mayor published a tough Knife Crime Strategy for London in 2017. The Mayor has been clear that the levels of violence, which have risen in London and around the country, are too high. Every life lost to violence is a tragedy and every injury has serious impacts on those affected and London’s wider communities. Building on the Knife Crime Strategy, the Mayor has committed £6.8 million to fund the new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The VRU will include specialists in health, youth and social services to lead a long-term public health approach to tackle the causes of violent crime. The VRU will build on the approaches taken in Glasgow, where a long-term public health approach to tackling serious violence has delivered large reductions in violence over the past decade. The causes of violence are complicated, and so there is no one simple solution to tackling it. The solutions will lie in a combination of tough enforcement by the police, intervention to stop people from becoming involved in violence and activity to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. We are therefore taking a wide-ranging multi-faceted approach to tackling this issue, which looks at violence as a preventable consequence of a range of factors, such as adverse early-life experiences, or harmful social or community experiences and influences, rather than as isolated incidents or solely a police enforcement problem. The Mayor agrees that schools have an important role to play and is working to bring in more Safer Schools Officers to help to drive down knife crime in schools. He has also provided knife wands to those schools which want them to allow them to undertake searches for knives using the best technology available. The Mayor’s ongoing social media campaign LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA raises awareness of the consequences of knife crime and provides reassurance and advice for people who are concerned about someone’s involvement in knife crime. A toolkit has been developed for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others to make use of the campaign’s materials. This allows teachers to educate students in the way suggested in the petition. More details about this and the other work which has been done by the Mayor’s Office can be accessed from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime website. For more details, please visit: www.london.gov.uk/london-needs-you-alive. The Mayor has also created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young people fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. The Mayor’s initial investment of £45 million into the Young Londoners Fund will support a range of education, sport and cultural activities for children and young people, as you set out in the petition. This funding is in addition to £1.4 million which has been allocated to support 43 grassroots, community-led, anti-knife crime projects across the capital. In these challenging times, the police need more funding to do their vital work of protecting our city and tackling crime, which is why the Mayor has also established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The VCTF will enable the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels, but between the launch of the VCTF in April 2018 and the end of March 2019, the command has carried out 7,056 weapons sweeps, recovered 731 knives, 539 offensive weapons, 263 firearms and arrested 3,907 suspects. The Mayor has urged the Government to reverse the £850 million of cuts forced on the (MPS), as well as their cuts to the preventative and youth services we need to keep our city safe. Because of Government underfunding the MPS has already had to make significant cuts since 2013-14 and will be required to reduce expenditure by a further £263 million by 2022-23. The Mayor is only able to raise funds via council tax and business rates. In his budget for 2019/20, he took the difficult decision to increase both to ensure that the MPS has as much money as possible to keep up the fight against crime. An 11 per cent increase to the Mayor’s council tax policing precept - the equivalent of 46p a week – will raise £95 million. This will be split between a number of crime-fighting measures, including new officers, specialist investigators to disrupt gang violence and the VRU. An extra £118.6 million from business rates will be used to support police officer numbers in future years. Taken together, this short-term enforcement by the police and long-term activity across services in London will deliver a relentless focus on tackling knife crime and violence across the capital. I hope that this provides some reassurance that the Mayor is committed to doing all he can to tackle the rise in knife crime in London and to making London a safer place for all. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 months ago