Find out what the London Resilience Forum does, and what was discussed when members met this week, as well as the usual updates to help you stay prepared this weekend.
The Mayor is travelling to America to make the links between London and the US even stronger.
Back in September, I wrote about why I was excited about the Mayor’s ‘Crossrail for bikes’. Well today, I’m delighted to hear the scheme looks set to go ahead – provided it’s rubber stamped by the Transport for London board this week.
Once an emergency plan has been developed we go through a process of training and exercising to validate the plan. Find out more about a large exercise planned for 2016 as well as the usual links to further information in this week's Duty Officer Update.
Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor and London Assembly Member, explains what the Mayor is doing to help Londoners get the benefits they’re due this winter.
There are many reasons why people don’t claim the benefits they’re entitled to. People may think they’re not eligible, may find the claim process difficult, or have a negative attitude towards benefits of any kind. Changes to the welfare system mean that people may be confused as to just what’s available to them.
Teacher Katarzyna Zak from Harrow’s Mount Stewart School tells us why she’s excited about this year’s Fourth Plinth Schools Awards…
As a school, we’re always looking for different opportunities to showcase work of our students.
Art is very important in our school and children learn all about different techniques, styles and artists. Entering competitions like the Fourth Plinth Awards is a great way to show children’s work to a wider public and see what other schools are doing.
Overview of My Week
The London Resilience Business Sector Panel met this week and it was interesting to hear the interests of businesses in London – both large and small. Members of the group highlighted the importance of, not only having a Business Continuity Plan, but also the need to continually review it to ensure it is kept up to date to reflect the current business, its needs and any potential risk it may face.
The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced the launch of a tough new gang intervention pilot, which will see members of some of the most active gangs in London collectively punished for the criminal actions of individual members, as part of the Mayor’s ongoing commitment to tackle gang violence in the capital.
Before joining London Resilience Team I had Hollywood-like preconceptions of what I thought the job may entail. This included NASA-style control rooms, a red telephone that dare not ring and a side-by-side seat with the secret service. The reality was a little different, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship year.