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

£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…

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

– 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…

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

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…

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

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…