MIL-OSI UK: News from Joanne McCartney: Assembly Member stands up for EU Citizens

Source: London Assembly

During Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall yesterday, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM questioned the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, on whether the Government’s current stance on Brexit protects London and Londoners.

 

Ms McCartney highlighted concerns from residents that the current EU Citizens Settled Status pilot requires documentary evidence, which is not always readily obtainable. She also highlighted that local authority cuts will make it difficult for them to assist as they would like.

 

In his response, Mayor Khan stated that he is lobbying the Government to ensure that the process is as easy as possible, so the one million EU Citizens in London can carry on as normal.

 

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

 

“I welcome the comments made by the Mayor yesterday. It will help reassure EU Londoners that their concerns and voices are being heard and that the Mayor is on their side throughout the Brexit process.”

 

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MIL-OSI UK: London Assembly restates call for People’s Vote

Source: London Assembly

The House of Commons has rejected the Government’s deal on the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU after a meaningful vote.

 

Last year, the London Assembly agreed a motion which supported a People’s Vote if the deal was rejected by Parliament, or there is no deal.

 

Today, the Assembly restated its call for a People’s Vote and supported the Mayor’s call to withdraw Article 50.

 

 

Len Duvall AM, who proposed the amended motion said:

 

“The Government’s withdrawal deal was rejected decisively in the worst defeat the Commons has seen in a century.

 

“Neither side of the Brexit coin is happy with Theresa May’s deal and parliament is deadlocked. There are a number of votes next week – but if they fail to produce a solution, we need to go back to the British people for a final answer and a clear indication of what they want.

 

“The options left are to withdraw Article 50, a People’s Vote or a general election – the welfare of London’s economy, workers and future are at stake”.

 

 

The full text of the motion is:

 

The Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked.

 

This Assembly notes in particular the discussion around the UK’s exit from the EU, following Parliament’s comprehensive rejection of the Prime Minister’s proposed deal.

 

Because of our growing concern about the impact of a no deal Brexit to London’s communities and economy, we support the Mayor’s call to withdraw Article 50 and restate our demand for a People’s Vote or a general election.

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MIL-OSI UK: News from Joanne McCartney: £38 million funding pot up for grabs for community-led housing schemes

Source: London Assembly

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, is calling upon community groups to bid for a share of a new £38 million community-led housing fund, launched by City Hall on Wednesday (16th January). Ms McCartney has praised the scheme and said that it “will put local people at the centre of tackling our housing crisis”.

 

Over the next four years, the London Community Housing Fund is set to deliver 500 community-led, genuinely affordable and social-rented homes across the capital.

 

The funding pot will be shared amongst successful projects to enable local residents to have direct involvement and oversight in the building and delivery of new homes, through co-operatives and community land trusts.

 

The new fund is one of the measures being taken by City Hall to kickstart the building of 116,000 genuinely affordable homes by 2022.

 

However, City Hall modelling shows that the Greater London Authority (GLA) still requires an injection of an additional £1.8bn more funding per year from the Government to meet the full-scale of the demand for affordable homes in the capital.

 

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

 

“Though a small part of London’s overall housing mix, with the right support, community-led housing schemes can play an important role in delivering the genuinely affordable homes we need.  

“I am delighted that this new funding will put local people at the centre of tackling our housing crisis, and I would urge as many community groups as possible to get their bids in.

 

“Despite the wide range of measures being taken by City Hall, there is a substantial funding deficit that the Government needs to urgently fill if we are to meet the full scale of the demand for homes in London”.

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party: Wyfla news reaffirms that nuclear should be left in the past

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

17 January 2019

Reacting to the news that Hitachi are to scrap the £16bn Wyfla nuclear power station in Anglesey [1], Green Party of England and Wales deputy leader and prospective candidate for Newport West Amelia Womack said:

“Today’s news underlines nuclear power as obsolete in the twenty-first century.

“There are now many different  forms of renewable energy generation that are cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and don’t come with the potentially devastating environmental downsides.

“It’s now time for the Westminster Government to invest in tidal lagoon power at Swansea Bay and other projects that will deliver Wales’ clean energy future.”

[1]https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/17/hitachi-set-to-scrap-16bn-nuclear-project-anglesey-wales

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MIL-OSI UK: News from Andrew Dismore: £38 million funding pot up for grabs for community-led housing schemes

Source: London Assembly

Andrew Dismore, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, is calling upon community groups to bid for a share of a new £38 million community-led housing fund, launched by City Hall on Wednesday (16th January). Mr Dismore has praised the scheme and said that it “will put local people at the centre of tackling our housing crisis”.

 

Over the next four years, the London Community Housing Fund is set to deliver 500 community-led, genuinely affordable and social-rented homes across the capital.

 

The funding pot will be shared amongst successful projects to enable local residents to have direct involvement and oversight in the building and delivery of new homes, through co-operatives and community land trusts.

 

The new fund is one of the measures being taken by City Hall to kickstart the building of 116,000 genuinely affordable homes by 2022.

 

However, City Hall modelling shows that the Greater London Authority (GLA) still requires an injection of an additional £1.8bn more funding per year from the Government to meet the full-scale of the demand for affordable homes in the capital.

 

Mr Dismore, said:

 

“Though a small part of London’s overall housing mix, with the right support, community-led housing schemes can play an important role in delivering the genuinely affordable homes we need.

 

“I am delighted that this new funding will put local people at the centre of tackling our housing crisis, and I would urge as many community groups as possible to get their bids in.

 

“Despite the wide range of measures being taken by City Hall, there is a substantial funding deficit that the Government needs to urgently fill if we are to meet the full scale of the demand for homes in London”.

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MIL-OSI UK: Mayor launches £38m fund to deliver community-led housing

Source: Mayor of London

 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a new £38m fund for community-led housing, enabling Londoners to play a leading role in building new social rented and other genuinely affordable homes for local people.

The number of small builders nationally who deliver fewer than 100 homes has halved over the last 10 years*, and the Mayor believes that this trend needs to change in order to help tackle the capital’s housing crisis. Community-led housing allows local residents to get directly involved in building and managing new homes themselves, often through co-operatives and community land trusts.

The new London Community Housing Fund is expected to unlock 500 community-led homes by 2023 and will make grants or loans available to support building, development, and delivery. Some of the funding will also be allocated to provide financial help for potential costs such as submitting planning applications or design fees.

The fund opens today for bids, alongside a new prospectus published online by City Hall providing guidance for community groups who wish to bid, and advice for Londoners who wish to form such a group. Communities wishing to develop their own homes can also contact the London Community-Led Housing Hub, for information and advice, funding, and technical support.

The Mayor is already making small plots of publicly-owned land more accessible to London’s small and medium-sized builders – including community-led housing groups – through a simplified bidding process with standardised legal contracts. The new fund, won from central Government as a result of Sadiq’s lobbying, is significant progress towards his target of identifying a pipeline of schemes for 1,000 community-led homes in London by 2021.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “In London we have become far too reliant on large developers to build new housing. We need more homes to be built by councils and by communities themselves – and so I want to support more community-led housing projects that put London residents at the heart of the process. We have listened to what community-led housing groups say they need, and in response this new fund offers practical support and help with development costs that have often held community-led projects back. I urge Londoners interested in developing their own homes to read our new guidance and bid for funding.”

 

Mother Joyce, community-led housing campaigner with London Citizens’ said: ‘Me and my neighbours are working hard to deliver community land trust homes in my neighbourhood in Croydon. We think it’s fantastic that the Mayor is supporting groups like ours that want to do our bit to build the genuinely and permanently affordable homes that Londoners need. This funding will make a big difference.’

The new fund builds on the Mayor’s previous support for the community-led housing sector, including funding the London Community Led Housing Hub last year with CDS Co-operatives, nine boroughs and the City of London, and the allocation of two small Transport for London small sites in Tower Hamlets and Lambeth to London Community Land Trust. In October he gave almost £1m grant funding to the Rural Urban Synthesis Society, a Lewisham-based Community Land Trust, to help it deliver 33 social rented and other genuinely affordable homes for local residents and workers.

Linda Wallace, Chief Executive of CDS Co-operatives said: “This new fund is the most significant investment in community led housing in a generation. CDS is delighted to be working in partnership with the Mayor to host the CLH London Hub and to enable innovative and sustainable schemes led by London residents. By investing in flexible and high quality early stage support for groups, local authorities, landowners and smaller developers – including London’s smaller housing associations – alongside capital grants, we believe the Mayor’s fund will make a lasting difference to the diversity and quality of affordable homes in our city.”

Levent Kerimol, Director of the London Community Led Housing Hub, said: “The Mayor’s support is vital to the many community-led housing projects gearing up to create more successful developments across London. We’re excited to be working with the GLA to help empower communities and residents and make community-led housing a consistent part of a diverse London housing market. We’re focused on building capacity at the early stages and helping create opportunities for CLH to achieve this.”

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*2017 Home Builders Federation report: “Reversing the decline of small housebuilders: Reinvigorating entrepreneurialism and building more homes” https://www.hbf.co.uk/documents/6879/HBF_SME_Report_2017_Web.pdf

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MIL-OSI UK: First MQT of the year – tomorrow at City Hall

Source: London Assembly

London Assembly Members will question the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan during MQT at City Hall tomorrow.  The first MQT of 2019 will feature topics including:
 

  • Street racing
  • Brexit
  • ‘First dibs’ for Londoners in the housing market
  • Meaningful vote implications for London
     

The London Assembly acts as a check and balance on the activities of the Mayor

 

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 17 January from 10:00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend – numbers may be limited.

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE or later via webcast or YouTube

 

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #MQT

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MIL-OSI UK: Caroline Lucas: We need a People’s Vote no matter who’s in Number 10

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

15 January 2019

Responding to events in Parliament tonight, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said:

“This is game over for Theresa May. But it’s only the end of the beginning of this whole Brexit saga.

“MPs don’t want Theresa May’s deal, they rightly reject no deal, and they can’t have a fantasy renegotiation.

“Unable to win the most important vote in a generation, our Government is no longer in power. So I will support this motion of no confidence – but a general election where both of the biggest parties support some kind of Brexit won’t heal the very real divisions this process has caused.

“If the Remain campaign learns from the mistakes of 2016, a People’s Vote could deliver the frank and honest debate we need, and provide an opportunity to move on from Brexit, empower communities and build a fairer country.

“I’ll keep campaigning for the public to have a say over our future relationship with our nearest neighbours, no matter who occupies Number 10.”

Caroline is among the sponsors of a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Government.

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party: Corbyn’s support would make People’s Vote unstoppable

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

15 January 2019

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, will today call on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour front bench to throw their weight behind the campaign for a People’s Vote on Brexit.

Womack will make the call during a speech at a rally for a People’s Vote in Parliament Square today at about 4pm [1].

 She is expected to call on Labour to “listen to its members” after a poll found 72% back a People’s Vote [2].

 Womack is expected to say (check against delivery):

“Whatever happens when MPs vote tonight, tomorrow all sides of this debate must come together to collectively find a way forwards. That means going back to the British people, asking them what they want and giving them a People’s Vote.

“So let’s be honest about what we need to get there. We have seen support for a People’s Vote is growing every single day – with more and more Conservatives giving their support. But we need the Labour front bench to get on board. Today as we wait for this historic moment we ask Labour to do what is right, to listen to its members – and to get behind a People’s Vote.

“Because while without Jeremy Corbyn this campaign feels truly winnable, we know that with him it would be unstoppable.”

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1. https://www.peoples-vote.uk/decision_day_live
2. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/02/most-labour-members-believe-corbyn-should-back-second-brexit-vote

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MIL-OSI UK: News from Unmesh Desai: Assembly Member backs Woodgrange Park to receive step-free funding

Source: London Assembly

Local London Assembly Member backs Woodgrange Park station

to receive step-free funding

 

 

Local London Assembly Member Unmesh Desai AM, has backed Woodgrange Park station to secure vital Government funding to improve accessibility and step-free access, echoing recommendations made by the Mayor of London.

 

Last year, the Government published its Inclusive Transport Strategy and, as part of this, allocated an extra £300 million for its Access for All programme. The funding will be made available for step-free access improvements at selected railway stations across the UK between 2019 and 2024.

 

 

Unmesh Desai AM is calling upon the Government to provide a portion of this investment for Woodgrange Park, which could go towards the installation of lifts, new ramps and footbridges and accessible ticket gates and toilets.

 

In a letter to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, published in November 2018, the Mayor of London featured Woodgrange Park in a priority list of which stations should receive the Access for All Funding.

 

It has been confirmed that the list of successful nominated stations will be announced in April 2019.

 

As part of a separate scheme, the Mayor of London has also invested an additional £200m to ensure that 40% of the tube network will be made step-free by 2022.

 

Local London Assembly Member Unmesh Desai AM, said:

 

We need to do everything possible to ensure local residents with disabilities and mobility issues can access transport links across the capital.

 

“We have seen the current Mayor significantly boost investment in step-free access across the tube, but there are still glaring gaps to be filled along the underground and rail networks, such as at Woodgrange Park.

 

“Improving accessibility here would make a huge difference to the lives of local people, vastly improving what is usually a complicated and stressful experience for people with disabilities, the elderly, and parents with pushchairs when navigating London’s transport system.

 

“This is why I urge the Government to take the Mayor’s recommendations on board and allocate a share of the Access for All funding to Woodgrange Park.

 

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