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Outer London part-timers to benefit from new off-peak fares cap

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Feb
23

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Automated refunds for passengers ‘out of pocket’ from changes

A new off-peak fares cap for outer London has been announced by London Mayor Boris Johnson, benefitting part-time and home workers.

Furthermore, people who initially lost out due to changes to the fares limit, will be automatically refunded.

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Millions pledged to kick start London’s self-build industry

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Feb
23

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£5m new funding for self-build and affordable homes on disused sites

The London Mayor has promised millions of pounds to help people build their own homes on redundant sites such as old laundries, garages and store sheds in London.

For the first time, £5m of funding for self-builders has been secured in the Mayor’s 2015/16 budget by GLA Conservative Gareth Bacon.

The cash is initially expected to support the building of about 150 homes on disused sites, and will be given to mainly subsidise construction costs. Bids to the GLA are open immediately.

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Capital Investment

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in CampaignsshareShare
Feb
20

Social impact bonds should fund under-resourced government programmes – revolutionising public services and saving taxpayers billions in cash

Social Impact Bonds could help treat 31,000 crack addicts and save taxpayers £4.7bn

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Feb
20

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Social impact bonds should fund under-resourced government programmes – revolutionising public services and saving taxpayers billions in cash
New report details how investment firms can help drug addicts, vulnerable youths in care and end of life cancer patients

Investment from big banks and other private firms could slash drug addiction, and revolutionise public services, according to a new report “Capital Investment”.

Known as ‘Social Impact Bonds’, they encourage charities and social enterprises to come up with innovative ideas to address social problems. The government identifies the cost of the problems, and investors front the cash to solve them. Taxpayers save money, investors are paid on results, and social problems are addressed innovatively.

There are an estimated 62,000 crack and opiate addicts in London.¹ Even if a new city-wide programme could cut the number of users by half, it would reduce pressure on public services and save the taxpayer about £4.7bn² over the drug-users’ life time.

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Local pubs protected for first time in Mayor’s official planning policy

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Feb
6

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Final ‘London Plan’ set to be approved today, now boroughs should conduct market testing of empty pub sites

Local pubs will be protected, for the first time, in the Mayor’s final planning policy for London.

The document, set to be approved by the London Assembly today, encourages boroughs to develop policies to ‘protect’ as well as ‘retain, manage and enhance’ public houses.

This follows the publication of ‘Keeping Local’, a recent report showing that London has lost over 400 pubs between 2003-2012, and urging improved protection for pubs when it comes to changing their use or demolishing them.

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Stop anti-semitism in London and ban “Liberate Stamford Hill” rally

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Feb
4

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GLA Conservative London Assembly Member, Andrew Boff, has written to Mayor Boris Johnson urging him to support the ban of an anti-Semitic rally planned in Clapton.

Andrew Boff:

“I want to send out a loud and clear message to the Jewish community. London is your home, you are fully entitled to feel safe here, and we must do all we can to weed out anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head. This planned neo-Nazi rally constitutes incitement to hatred and should be banned.”

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