Hackers Could Be Costing the London Economy £35Billion a Year

A recent report has estimated that 329,000 companies in London could have experienced an online security breach, with a potential cost to the economy of over £35Billion. It also found that the vast majority of the businesses potentially affeced by security breaches, an estimated 327,000 , were small organisations with 249 employees or less. The new report Safe & Secure: Protecting London’s data proposes a…

Mayor’s affordable housing requirements for TfL land could lead to big losses

The Mayor is being urged not to sell Transport for London land with a 50% affordable housing requirement as it could violate parliament’s GLA Act. Following the release of a Mayoral Decision document by City Hall, Mayor Khan was told he could not sell TfL land in Kidbrooke with the 50% affordable requirement as it “will lead to less than the maximum return available” and…

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100 Days of broken promises from Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan has spent 100 days in reverse gear, running away from his campaign promises at a breathtaking rate He promised in his campaign that Londoners wouldn’t pay another cent for their travel in London by freezing fares, and that has not happened. Only single fares will be frozen leaving Travelcard and daily cap users paying more every year. He promised 80,000 home built a…

Mayor taking wrong approach on Southern Rail takeover

Sadiq Khan, in once again calling for TfL to take over the day-to-day running of Southern Rail, is casting himself as commuter’s knight in shining armour. The reality however is that TfL running Southern’s disastrous services would be a monumental mistake, and a far costlier and riskier endeavour than using contractors, as it already does with other services like London Overground. Southern needs reform from…

Southern Rail: An open letter to the Mayor of London

Dear Mayor Khan, In a recent letter to the Conservative Assembly Group Leader, Gareth Bacon, you wrote: "I have been very clear that I am committed to engaging with the unions and developing constructive relationship based on partnership, not division. Within the first few weeks of entering City Hall, I spoke by phone to representative of the RMT, ASLEF, GMB, Unite, TSSA, FBU and Unison.…

Police car crashes on the increase in London

Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show. There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14. In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing…

27,000 Metropolitan Police computers running ‘dangerously out-of-date’ Windows XP

Windows XP no longer receives official security updates, leaving Londoners’ information at risk The Metropolitan Police needs to accelerate the updating of its computer systems or risk Londoners’ information, says London Assembly Member Andrew Boff. Currently 27,000 Met computers run Windows XP, first launched in 2001. The 14 year-old operating system has been without official support for over two years leaving it seriously vulnerable to…

Mayor ‘standing idle’ while Southern commuters suffer

Sadiq Khan ‘failing to represent Londoners’ over RMT strike Sadiq Khan is failing to represent Londoners by refusing to intervene in the industrial dispute affecting Southern Rail customers, London Assembly member Keith Prince says. The Mayor of London has declined to get involved in the row between the RMT and Govia Thameslink, which is causing commuter misery for many thousands of people in south London.…