Give PCSOs fire and medical training to combine community safety

London’s 1,667 PCSOs could provide preventative fire safety and first-response medical care PCSOs should be given fire safety and first-response medical training to become Tri-Service Safety Officers, suggests a new report by Conservative London Assembly member Tony Arbour. The report, Tri-Service: Broadening the role of London’s PCSOs, suggests officers could provide initial support before the arrival of paramedics, as well as offering preventative fire safety…

London Labour are full of empty rhetoric and devoid of any solutions

It is shameful that after 8 years of sniping and criticising Boris Johnson and the Conservative administration, the Labour Group have absolutely no alternative policies to put forward. This shows that London Labour are full of empty rhetoric and completely devoid of any solution to make Londoners lives better. Both Labour assembly members and the Mayoral candidate Sadiq Kahn lack the courage to come clean…

Use City Hall savings to fund card payment machines for London’s Black Cabs

£1.6m could be freed from the Mayor’s Budget to pay for new taxi tech Changes to the upcoming Mayoral budget should be used to bring card payment machines to over 11,000 cabs without this technology, according to Gareth Bacon, GLA Conservatives budget spokesman. New card payment machines could be funded by City Hall back office efficiencies but also by scrapping the over generous TfL “nominee…

Response to TfL private hire consultation

It’s positive that the most impractical suggestions from the initial consultation have been ruled out. However I still have significant concerns about some of the proposals that TfL now wish to take forward. For example I am unconvinced that TfL should be able to control advertising on private hire vehicles and I would not like to see the advance of ridesharing undermined. There will be…

Better reporting needed to eradicate FGM in London

– Mayor challenged to act after ‘appalling’ number of cases in capital Social workers, medical professionals and teachers need to help identify young girls at risk of FGM after an ‘appalling’ number of the crimes were reported in London. Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be challenging Boris Johnson to take decisive action after it was reported that London accounted for more than half the number…

Mayor must act as domestic violence incidents surge by 9,000

– Staggering 15% increase in 2015 requires swift action by police Domestic violence incidents in London surged by over 9,000 in one year, show figures highlighted by Kemi Badenoch AM. During the 12 months to November 2015, there were 70,682 reports of domestic abuse reported to the Metropolitan Police Service, an increase from 61,471 the previous year. Kemi will be raising the issue with Boris…

Challenging the Mayor on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in London

Recent data showed that London accounts for more than half the number of FGM cases nationwide, with 758 new incidents last summer alone. FGM is a practice that would seem out of place in the dark ages, and yet it is being inflicted on young people living in our city today. We should be ashamed. Teachers, social workers and medical professionals all have a role…