City Hall small business funding should have specific allocation for young entrepreneurs

GLA Conservatives Assembly Member Steve O’Connell will urge the Mayor to make a specific allocation for young entrepreneurs from the London Enterprise Panel’s recently announced £25 million scheme to raise loan finance for small businesses. Recent data has found that 3 in 10 young people hope to work for themselves while only 5.3% actually are self-employed.* Steve O’Connell said: “With nearly one in four young…

Calls for Mayor to embrace Street Pastors to combat street crime

Wider promotion of street pastors could lead to 60% reduction in night street crime Tony Arbour, London Assembly Member for Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow, will today ask the Mayor of London to agree to meet with Street Pastors, to find out more about how their actions have led to dramatic reductions in street crime. Figures reported in 2009 in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight,…

Three quarters of theft cases 'screened out' by Met

Give victims right to appeal to local safer neighbourhood boards – if police ignore crimes 73% of theft crimes in London are not being investigated by police, according to figures* uncovered by GLA Conservatives Assembly Member Victoria Borwick. The London data also shows that a quarter (26%) of burglary was screened out by the Met as well as 11% of robbery and 37% of fraud…

End of life care: Alarming figures expose London hospitals unable to provide basic information on vulnerable patients

Four in ten health trusts in London cannot provide any information whatsoever on patients over the age of 65 who are being cared for on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). Data from 21 London health trusts uncovered by Andrew Boff, Leader of the GLA Conservatives, shows: 38% of trusts (8) could not say how many patients were on the LCP 81% of trusts (17) could…

Tony Arbour calls for measures to encourage small businesses to take on staff

12th June 2013, Economy Committee, City Hall: Tony Arbour, London Assembly Member and GLA Conservatives spokesman on economic development will today call for a minimum wage holiday for London’s small and micro-businesses. A short exemption of up to six months from the minimum wage could be the catalyst which transforms micro businesses into live enterprises. It was recently announced that the national minimum wage will…

£136M in public transport sponsorship deals could freeze fares for a year

Zone 1-6 travelcard holder about £90 better off A package of sponsorship deals across London’s public transport could raise the £136 million¹ required to completely freeze passenger fares for a year – leaving a zone 1-6 travelcard holder an estimated £90² better off. Alternatively, passenger fares could be capped at inflation for the next three years if TfL could raise £204 million³ through sponsorship. A…