– Lack of access to ATM’s disproportionately affects low-income groups, the disabled, and the elderly
– Free cash machines should be included in all new major developments
Pay-to-use cash machines cost Londoners £18million a year, according to a new report.
The report “Cash for Access: Expanding the availability of new cash machines” calls for fee-free cash machines to be included in all new major developments across London. It also calls for free-to-use cash machines to be installed in public buildings and TfL stations to help improve access.
In the past two years over 40 bank branches have closed across the capital making access to free cash withdrawals more difficult. Many Londoners now live more than 1km from a free cash machine and due mobility issues are required to pay for withdrawals. On average people are paying £1.75 a withdrawal, but that can sometimes be as high as £5 or £10.
– Fire, ambulance and police services all say they will be affected by 2019 implementation
– Met needs to replace 82 per cent of its fleet – all of its diesel vehicles
– Fire brigade faced with paying daily charge on 52 non-compliant vehicles if deadline is brought forward
– Ambulance service says it will have to bring forward vehicle replacement timeline
London’s emergency services are struggling to meet the proposed earlier deadline for complying with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), an FOI has revealed.
Information obtained by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey shows all three emergency services are concerned about the financial and logistical impact of a 2019 introduction.
The ULEZ will require all vehicles – including those run by the emergency services – travelling inside the zone to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50.
Boris Johnson proposed to introduce the ULEZ in 2020 but Sadiq Khan has pledged to bring forward the date to 2019 and wants to widen the zone to the North and South Circular.
– Letter confirms project may stall if additional cash is not found
– Mayor’s fares policy could be putting £284million project at risk
Officials at Transport for London have confirmed the Metropolitan Line Extension is £50million short of funding.
The £284million project is set to connect the Metropolitan Line from Croxley to several new stations across Watford. The project received £49million from the previous Mayor of London, but recent cost projections by TfL show that £50million more will be required before it can progress.
– TfL Rail will be used as the North-East part of the £15billion Crossrail project
– New figures show TfL Rail suffered 3 million minutes of passenger delays in 6 months, equivalent to 5.7 years
– Causes of delays included 'sunlight on signal' and 'leaf contamination'
The TfL Rail service has caused five and a half years of delays in a 6 month period, putting the future operation of the Crossrail in question.
– Assembly Member Keith Prince wants introduction of ‘binding pendulum arbitration’
– System would mean independent ruling on disputes without costly walkouts
– Report shows tube and Southern strikes would have been avoided
Strike action should be banned and judges should be given powers to rule on industrial disputes to keep Londoners out of the firing line, according to a new report.
‘Struck Out 2 – Judgement Day’, by Keith Prince, says recent costly and disruptive walkouts on the tube and Southern network would have been avoided if ‘binding pendulum arbitration’ was already in place.
– New report calls on Sadiq Khan to help some of the capital’s 5,360 affected veterans
– Loan-scheme could ease access to highly-trained dogs
– Canines act as effective alternatives to long-term drug therapies
The Mayor of London could support some of the capital’s 5,360 armed forces veterans suffering from PTSD by providing loans for life-changing therapeutic dogs, according to a new report.
‘Paws for Support’, by London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey, calls on the Mayor to use cash reserves and corporate sponsorship to set up an interest-free loan scheme that could provide the capital’s most vulnerable veterans with the trained pets.
The intelligent canines, which help in a similar way to guide dogs, provide reassuring personal assistance to PTSD sufferers and can even wake a sufferer up during recurring nightmares – a common symptom of the illness.
– Latest walkout means Mayor’s projected yearly average eclipses Boris’s and Ken’s
– On course to average 5.05 strikes per year
– Record set to get even worse with threat of Night Tube strikes
Sadiq Khan is on track for the worst yearly strikes record of any London Mayor, despite promising there would be ‘zero strikes’ on his watch.
The latest walkout by RMT and ASLEF drivers, on the Circle and Waterloo and City lines, will be the fourth overseen by the Mayor in his first 9.5 months.
It gives him a projected yearly average of 5.05 strikes – the worst of any London Mayor.
With the threat of further industrial action on the Night Tube looming, Khan’s record on strikes looks set to get even worse before the end of his first year.
– Police feared community reaction, says Assembly Member Tony Arbour
– Says Met has ‘serious questions to answer’
– Calls for Mayor to launch full investigation
An apparent reluctance by the Metropolitan Police to properly investigate serious electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets was a case of ‘Rotherham Syndrome’, according to London Assembly member Tony Arbour.
A total of 164 allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice were made during campaigning for the 2014 Mayoral election in the borough and the vote was later declared void.
There have been further allegations since and this morning the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee heard evidence from several witnesses, as well representatives of the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Transport for London has revealed its fares income is down £90million in the year-to-date, raising serious questions about the Mayor’s ability to balance the books.
Figures released at the February TfL board meeting show income shortfalls across all forms of transport;
– Overall fares income down £90million due to lower passenger volumes
– London Underground down £43million due to 14 million fewer passenger journeys than budgeted
– Bus fares income down £51million in the year to date as passenger volumes affected by congestion
– London Overground down £7million due to 4 million fewer passenger journeys than budgeted
– Congestion Charge income down £6million due to lower volumes of chargeable vehicles (most likely people modernising cars)
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