London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday fulfilled a key election commitment when he announced the establishment of the Mayor’s Fund, a new charity tasked with tackling child poverty in the capital. Johnson announced his intention to establish the fund during last year’s GLA elections, promising to work with “the wealth creators of this city” to combat child poverty.
Boris Johnson this morning announced plans which he hopes will succeed in finally integrating London’s river services into the capital’s transport network. To deliver his vision, the Mayor has brought together more than thirty organisations, including boat operators, pier owner and local councils, to sign a Concordat with Transport for London which commits them to work together to improve ticketing, piers and passenger information.
It seems some people are getting very excited about Boris Johnson’s appearance in front of the Commons Transport Committee, but while the media focus on yet another storm in a tea cup, I’m left wondering what Boris was doing there in the first place.
My recent call for positive news brought me into contact with gateway2investment (g2i), a mentoring scheme for companies seeking private sector funding, who invited me to sit in on one of their sessions.
Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister has attacked Government ministers after they refused to contribute to a compensation bill which will see see local council tax payers paying £1.6m to property developers for a piece of open space they bought for just £30,000.
Refurbishing empty homes may not always be the best option for tackling the shortage of supply of affordable housing according to Trevor Beattie the Homes and Communities Agency’s director of policy and strategy.
Boris Johnon’s attempts to spin his announcement of the 2009 St George’s Day celebrations backfired on him this morning when BNP Assembly Member Richard Barnbrook claimed the Mayor had followed a BNP policy
Dozens of jobs are set to be at City Hall as part of a “restructuring” being briefed to staff today. GLA chief executive Leo Boland is understood to have told staff there will be a “loss of no less than 50 jobs” but that the organisation is trying to “minimise” compulsory redundancies.
Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to celebrate St George’s Day with a “major” concert in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 25th April. In addition to the concert there will be a Shakespeare celebration at the Globe theatre on Sunday 19 April, and Johnson says the he will fly the English Flag outside City Hall on April 23.
I was bemused by Boris’s claims in a press release confirming plans for the 2009 St George’s Day celebrations that the festival “has been ignored in London for far too long” given that the GLA marked the day in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. It’s plain unseemly for Boris to mislead people on an issue of such sensitivity, it cheapens the GLA, it cheapens him and it plays into the hands of those who like to claim ‘the system’ favours those from non-British backgrounds.
A single, Europe-wide campaign has been launched to raise awareness of June’s European elections in which the capital will elect eight of the UKs 72 MEPs. For the first time, the elections will be promoted one logo and one set of adverts. The campaign slogan in the UK and most other Member States is: “It’s your choice!”
Investing in London’s suburbs during the current recession will improve the capital’s competitiveness when the economy picks up. That’s the message contained in a report published today by London Councils.