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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
858,121 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
169,424 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
125,655 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
114,710 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
107,895 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
68,620 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
63,426 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Karen Bradley

Calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in prime central London location

  Sikh soldiers exhibited extraordinary bravery and sacrifices in the service of Great Britain, including during both World Wars. Though Sikhs made up only 2% of the population of British India, they formed 20% of the British Indian Army during the First World War, and hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the two major wars and many other conflicts. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the World Wars.For over a decade there has been a demand from various quarters for the installation of such a national monument, with the Mayor of London recently stating these brave individuals should have a memorial in our capital city. This petition calls on the Government to actively support the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location. It would have huge additional benefits for community cohesion and integration within our country.  

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP
48,793 supporters
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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
47,717 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
47,601 supporters
Say No to £12.50 to Drive to Whipps Cross (WF against the ULEZ)

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) up to the A406 in 2021. Tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners requires bold action. Air pollution is a national health crisis and the Mayor refuses to stand back as millions of Londoners breathe in air so filthy that it shortens our life expectancy, harms our lungs and worsens chronic illness. Hundreds of schools in London are in areas exceeding legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide and every Londoner in the capital lives in an area exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the most dangerous toxic particles known as PM2.5. The ULEZ is a key part of the Mayor’s efforts to tackle London’s appalling air quality, alongside a comprehensive set of other measures to reduce air pollution. These are outlined in the Mayor’s Transport and Environment Strategies and include upgrading London’s taxi fleet, providing rapid charging points for electric vehicles and alerting Londoners to high pollution episodes. Transport for London are also prioritising action to reduce pollutants from London’s bus fleet. Diesel buses are now being phased out and all new double-deck buses need to be hybrid, hydrogen or electric. By October 2020, all of London’s 9,000 buses will meet the ULEZ standards regardless of where they operate in London. As part of this work, we have been introducing Low Emission Bus Zones prioritised in the worst air quality hotspots outside central London and in areas where buses would otherwise contribute significantly to road transport emissions. This forms part of an aim to transform London’s streets to make them pleasant, accommodating places for everyone to walk and cycle. Significant investment is now underway to build new cycle routes, create Liveable Neighbourhoods and make road junctions safer, enabling more Londoners to make the switch to greener, cleaner transport. However, we understand there may be instances when people need to drive a car and must also cross the ULEZ boundary, for example to attend a hospital appointment. We will work with community groups and hospitals to communicate the ULEZ standards to vulnerable individuals and look to find cleaner transport options for them, including private hire vehicles, taxis, car clubs, or finding the best public transport options. Importantly, the ULEZ is being introduced to benefit the health of all Londoners, including visitors and staff at Whips Cross Hospital. This can only be achieved if everyone plays their part. Petrol cars that comply with the ULEZ have been available to purchase since around the year 2000. These cars will be able to drive without charge when the zone expands, and we estimate that with the expanded ULEZ in place, 93 per cent of cars would be compliant by 2021. That means most people using cars will not be subject to the ULEZ charge. Enforcement of the ULEZ is not estimated to cost £800m. The implementation costs for the expanded ULEZ are currently estimated to be between £90m-£130m. We will seek ways to deliver the infrastructure needed to operate the scheme in the most cost-effective way possible. Finally, we believe it is wrong that London is blocked from accessing the new £220 million National Clean Air Fund. The Mayor has been very clear that the Government should respond to the scale of the challenge and provide London drivers with help switching to cleaner vehicles and greener alternatives. He will continue to lobby government to allow London to access this fund. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 days ago
A MEMORIAL FOR ALL KNIFE CRIME VICTIMS;

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the knife angel statue being placed within Trafalgar Square. The Fourth Plinth is reserved for a dedicated curated contemporary sculpture programme and overseen by The Fourth Plinth Committee who advise the Mayor on the commissions and can therefore not be used for any other purpose. The Mayor is committed to tackling knife crime and its causes and has put in place a raft of measures. He has recently announced plans to establish a new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) for London. This will include specialists in health, police and local government to lead and deliver a long-term public health approach to tackling the causes of violent crime. An initial £500,000 has been allocated towards establishing the VRU, following extensive research to understand the approaches taken in Glasgow, where a long-term public health approach to tackling serious violence was adopted. As you may be aware, in Glasgow the approach has been in place for more than a decade and has delivered large reductions in violence. This initial set-up funding is in addition to the Mayor’s £45m Young Londoners Fund, £1.4m which has been allocated to support 43 grass root community led anti-knife crime projects across the capital; and the £15m dedicated violence reduction funding which the Mayor has provided to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The Mayor’s ongoing social media campaign LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA raises awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime, and provides reassurance and advice for young people and parents who are concerned about an individual’s 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, colleges, community groups, parents and others has been developed to make use of the campaign’s materials and can be accessed on through the following link: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/our-priorities/london-needs-you-alive-toolkit?utm_source=community&utm_medium=mailout&utm_campaign=lnya#. It is crucial to raise the profile of knife crime across the country, and even more crucial to put measures in place to prevent it, which the Mayor has committed to in London. That is what our focus will continue to be throughout his term. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Justice for Seo Woo Chang

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about “asking for Justice for Seo Woo Chang”. Our thoughts go out to Seo’s friends, family and anyone who has been affected by her untimely passing. I understand that you may be frustrated by the Metropolitan Police Services’ (MPS) decision to classify Seo’s death as “non-suspicious”. Although this decision may be distressing, we fully support the MPS investigation and findings. Furthermore, the Mayor cannot interfere with individual, operational decisions taken by the MPS. Further information about the death of Seo is currently being compiled for the Coroner. The Coroner will come to a final conclusion at the end of an inquest. This includes the legal ‘determination’ stating formally who died, and where, when and how they died. Although this information is publicly available, and may be broadcast by the press, it is primarily for the immediate family and friends and purposes of the court. It is possible to challenge the coroner’s decision by applying to the High Court for a judicial review. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
One Discounted Travel Card for Uni Students

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website calling for one discounted travel card for University students. The Mayor fully appreciates that these are difficult times economically for Londoners in all walks of life. This is why one of his main manifesto commitments was to freeze Transport for London (TfL) fares for the entirety of his time in office. This will make life easier for millions of people and will help ensure that London becomes a more affordable city for all. The Mayor has introduced the Bus Hopper fare so customers can change buses within one hour without paying another fare. The Mayor also provides a range of concessions in London, including reduced fares for children and young people. This includes free travel for children under 11 and child fares between the age of 11 and 15. Young people aged 16 and 17 retain free travel on TfL bus services and pay half adult fares on tube and rail, which helps them travel to college or part-time jobs. The 18+ Student Oyster photocard already gives reduced-rate travel to help students in London get to college in London each day. To be eligible for the 18+ student discount, students must live at a London address during term time and be enrolled on a full-time course of at least 15 tuition-led and/or structured learning hours a week (with attendance at scheduled classes being between Monday to Friday only, not including evening classes). You will appreciate that there are many worthy calls for free or discounted travel. TfL is a publicly-funded organisation and as such, it needs to use its limited funding in the most effective way. Given TfL already provides generous discounts for full-time students in London, I am afraid it does not have any current plans to introduce further discounted travel on its services for university students studying outside London. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Push for better inclusion of people with learning and physical disabilities in society

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website for better inclusion of people with learning and physical disabilities in society. Improving the accessibility and inclusivity of London’s transport network is a key priority for the Mayor. This is reflected in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy which aims to create a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city by improving public transport for all Londoners. Together with Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor is committed to increasing the number of stations on the London Underground network that are step-free. Major step-free projects at Tower Hill, Vauxhall, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Victoria have already been completed. Meanwhile, in outer London, step-free access was delivered at Buckhurst Hill earlier this year and, more recently, Newbury Park became the 76th step-free London Underground station. Once open, the Elizabeth line will provide greater accessibility, with all 41 stations being step-free. However, the Mayor is aware that we still have a lot of work to do. TfL are already beginning to look to the future and are identifying the key criteria that should inform the next wave of investment. To complement this investment into improving accessibility on the London Underground network, we have made a submission to the Department for Transport’s £300m Access for All programme. Our proposal includes 21 rail stations across London, including both London Overground and National Rail stations. These stations have been selected using criteria which includes the impact of providing step-free access on journey times experienced by encumbered or disabled customers. Last year, TfL introduced the ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge for people less able to stand on public transport, including people with hidden disabilities. The Mayor is delighted that over 86,000 badges have been issued so far, and that the scheme has been adopted by other organisations including Greater Anglia trains and the New York Transit Authority. This summer, TfL partnered with customer and campaigner Corry Shaw, in support of her ‘Look Up’ campaign. This campaign encourages people travelling on public transport to look up to see if someone is in greater need of their seat. The Mayor is pleased with the positive reaction to the campaign and will continue to give it his full support. Thank you again for taking the time to petition the Mayor on this important matter. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer

2 weeks ago
SAVE LIVES DONT USE KNIVES

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about Knife Crime and wanting to stop people from being involved in gang and knife crime. The Mayor totally agrees with you that we need positive voices in our communities to help and support our young people. That is why he launched the London Needs You Alive campaign, which provides positive messages for young people in thinking about the consequences of knife crime. You can read more about the campaign on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/content/london-needs-you-alive. We would encourage you to share it widely. A toolkit for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others has been developed to make use of the campaign’s materials and can also be found through the link above. I want to reassure you that making London safer for young people is a critical part of the Mayor’s manifesto and his 2017-2021 Police and Crime Plan. In June 2017, he published a Knife Crime Strategy for London which can found on the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) webpage at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/our-priorities. The Mayor’s strategy supports a comprehensive public health approach, focused on prevention, diversion and enforcement focusing on six key areas: • Targeting lawbreakers – recognising that knife crime has increased and that this is a major concern for the Mayor, the public and the police. Commitments in this section are focused on the immediate enforcement response to knife crime; • Keeping deadly weapons off our streets - addressing the accessibility and availability of knives focusing on retailers and licensing; • Protecting and educating young people – recognising the importance of prevention and working alongside schools; • Standing with communities, neighbourhoods and families against knife crime – working with Londoners who want to stand up against knife crime and the harm it does to communities and families; • Supporting victims of knife crime – ensuring that improving support to victims is at the heart of a holistic response; and • Offering a way out of crime – recognising that young people should be offered interventions which help them move away from criminality towards a brighter future. A lot of headway has been made in delivery of the strategy. Some key areas to highlight are that for the first time, every single London borough now has a bespoke local knife crime action plan created in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The Mayor is also supporting schools to safeguard their students by providing knife wands for every school or college that want one, 250 wands are now in our schools. The Mayor has also increased the number of Safer Schools Officers across the capital and we are working with the MPS to provide more. The Mayor has also announced plans recently to establish a new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) for London. This will include specialists in health, police and local government to lead and deliver a long-term public health approach to tackling the causes of violent crime. The Mayor has provided an initial £500,000 towards establishing the VRU, following extensive research to understand the approaches taken in Glasgow, where a long-term public health approach to tackling serious violence was adopted. In Glasgow, the approach has been in place for more than a decade and has delivered large reductions in violence. This initial set-up funding is in addition to the £45m Young Londoners Fund, £1.4m which has been allocated to support 43 grass root community led anti-knife crime projects across the capital; and the £15m dedicated violence reduction funding provided to the MPS is to directly target knife crime and serious violence. Part of that funding has been used to the create a Violent Crime Taskforce of 150 officers, who will target the most serious offenders. This is a central resource to supplement increased effort across the MPS. The majority of funding for the police has always come from central government. Unfortunately, since 2010 there has been continued and systematic disinvestment in police, as well as other public services, including youth and preventive services. The Home Office’s own research has clearly stated the nationwide rise in violent crime, is in part driven by falls in police funding. This is clearly a national problem that requires national solutions. The Mayor agrees that in these challenging times, the police need more funding to do their vital work of protecting our city and tackling crime, which is why he continues to lobby the Home Secretary and Prime Minister to change their approach to police funding and hopes that they do so sooner rather than later. The Mayor is only able to raise funds via council tax and business rates. He took the difficult decision this year to increase both to ensure that the MPS has as much money as possible to keep up the fight against crime. In total, he has provided more than £138m to the MPS over the past two years. This investment has also helped protect 1,000 police officer posts that would otherwise have been lost. As a consequence, the Greater London Authority now provides nearly a quarter of all MPS funding compared to less than 20 per cent in 2010. I hope that this provides some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously, and that the Mayor is committed to making London an even better and safer place for all. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 weeks ago
Protect Havering's character!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Beam Park planning application. As you will be aware, a public representation hearing was held regarding this application on 28 September. Following the hearing, and after considering all points made, the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, resolved to grant permission for the application, subject to planning conditions and conclusion of a section 106 legal agreement. All of the information regarding the scheme, including the public consultation, can be found on the City Hall website through the following link: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/public-hearings/beam-park-public-hearing-0. You can also view the webcast of the hearing at: www.london.gov.uk/beam-park-representation-hearing-2018-09-28. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 weeks ago
Sadiq: Say NO to the displacement of BAME communities from Elephant & Castle

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the potential displacement of BAME communities at Elephant and Castle, relating to the Delancey redevelopment plans for the Shopping Centre and London College of Communication site (Southwark Council reference: 16/AP/4458). Southwark Council’s Planning Committee resolved to approve this application on 3 July 2018. The Mayor provided his initial comments on this application to Southwark Council on 30 January 2017, and these are available to download from the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/planning-application-search/elephant-and. Further to Southwark Council’s committee decision, Greater London Authority planning officers are working with the applicant and the Council to ensure that the Mayor’s strategic priorities are addressed. This includes requirements for a robust business relocation strategy; rigorous scrutiny of the affordable housing offer; and the resolution of various strategic transport issues. In due course Southwark Council will refer the application back to the Mayor for his decision. The Mayor then has 14 days to decide whether to allow the scheme to be approved; direct that the application be refused; or, take over the application in order to determine the case himself. More information on the Mayor’s statutory planning powers can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/ what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/what-powers-does-mayor-have-planning. When coming to a decision on the case the Mayor will take into account all representations received, including the issues raised as part of this petition. In due course the Mayor’s decision on this case will be made available on the City Hall website here: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/planning-application-search/elephant-and. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 weeks ago
REFUSE Graphite Square REVISED plans as they currently stand (Ref: 18/03773/FUL)

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Graphite Square planning application. The Mayor must be consulted on all planning applications that are of potential strategic importance to London, as detailed on the City Hall website at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/what-powers-does-mayor-have-planning. Therefore, Lambeth Council referred the application materials to the Mayor on 3 September 2018, and the Mayor considered a Stage 1 report on the proposal on 8 October 2018, which is available to view at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-and-decisions/planning-application-search/graphite-square-0. When Lambeth Council has resolved to make a draft decision on the application, it must again consult the Mayor under Article 5 of the Mayor of London Order. When referred, the Mayor has fourteen days to consider a Stage 2 report and decide whether to allow the draft decision to proceed unchanged, direct the Council under Article 6 to refuse the application, or issue a direction under Article 7 that he is to act as the local planning authority for the purpose of determining the application. In order not to prejudice the Mayor's decision-making role, it is not possible to provide further information in response to the petition at this stage; however, as part of his decision-making process the Mayor will take the petition into account as part of the Stage 2 report. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
Say no to London’s Private Hire Vehicles being Congestion Charged

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about proposed changes to the Congestion Charge. There is an urgent need to tackle increasing congestion and toxic air in central London. Congestion causes delays to vital bus services, pushes air pollution to critical levels and makes too many places unpleasant for walking and cycling. Appropriate interventions are required to address these issues. In recent years, the impact of the Congestion Charge on congestion has lessened due to the increasing number of vehicles exempt from paying. Only half of the vehicles in the Congestion Charge zone in charging hours now pay the full charge. Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) play an important role in London’s transport system, providing an alternative when walking, cycling and public transport are not an option. However, there are many more PHVs in the Congestion Charge zone than was expected in 2003 when the exemption was introduced. At that time, Transport for London (TfL) estimated around 4,000 PHVs would be in the zone during charging hours whereas now around 18,000 PHVs are seen in the zone each day. This is a considerable increase that needs to be addressed. The proposed changes to the Congestion Charge have taken into account the role PHVs play in accessible transport and designated wheelchair accessible PHVs will not be required to pay the charge. Additionally, PHVs that meet the proposed Cleaner Vehicle Discount requirement would continue to be exempt. In developing these proposals, TfL has considered the potential impacts – both positive and negative - on private hire drivers and operators, as well as passengers. The research report on the impact on the industry, as well as the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), formed part of the consultation materials and are published in full on the consultation website. These studies indicated that the impact of these proposals on PHV passengers, operators and drivers would depend on a number of factors. These include the type of business model of the operator and whether the cost is passed onto the passenger, in whole or in part. The impacts are not likely to fall on any single group and they will each decide how they choose to deal with the charge. It is important to remember that passengers, operators and drivers, as well as the wider population, would benefit from positive impacts from reduced traffic and better air quality. As mentioned above, TfL has formally consulted on the proposed changes to the Congestion Charge. The consultation closed on Friday 28 September, and the issues raised are now being reviewed. The Mayor will consider all the points raised and will then decide whether to confirm the proposals as described, or to make changes to them. The Mayor will publicly announce his final decision, and TfL will also publish their Consultation Report in due course. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago