Do the decent thing, break these pointless strikes, and turn up to work

Brace yourselves Londoners, the unions are once again threatening Tube strikes from Tuesday, this time lasting for eight days. In the 21st century it is ridiculous that we have a system that encourages militant trade union bosses to behave in this way – despite their members getting decent pay, generous pensions and free travel for flatmates. We urgently need to replace public transport strikes with…

Have your say on common sense measures to help flexi workers

Like it or not, employers are going to have to offer more flexibility if they want to hire the best. It’s good news that every employee now has the right to ask for flexible working hours, but the Government should go further and implement common-sense measures to help people in their day-to-day working lives. In the Capital, the Mayor is listening and progress is being…

London’s drunks costing ambulances and A&Es £60m a year

‘Double drunk fines to £180 and hit those who repeatedly abuse our NHS’ Binge drinkers are costing emergency response services over £60m every year. New FOI figures reveal London’s Ambulance Service is spending £16m a year on responding to and treating drunks. In addition, the Capital is spending at least £45m on binge drinkers needing emergency hospital admissions². Admissions relating to alcohol in London’s hospitals…

Londoners trialling third Heathrow runway noise a ‘possibility’

“Hiring and flying empty planes over London will give residents experience of nightmare night flight noise” Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Airports Commission, says it could be possible to trial a third runway at Heathrow – by hiring and flying empty aircraft so residents can experience the noise for themselves. This was in response to questioning by Conservative London Assembly Member, Kit Malthouse.

Courts burdened with hundreds of thousands of offenders with at least ten previous convictions

‘Sharp shock’: Tougher sentences, training and rehabilitation will scare first-timers out of a life of criminality Courts in England and Wales are having to deal with hundreds of thousands of offenders who already have numerous previous convictions. FOI figures show 338,592 offenders – with more than 10 previous convictions – were yet again brought before our courts in the last two years¹. Almost half a…