2018: What we achieved with Londoners
Keeping Londoners safe
Serious violence has no place in our city. Every life lost to knife crime is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones this year. We’ve redoubled our efforts to tackle violent crime while addressing its complex root causes. Our new Violence Reduction Unit brings together experts from different backgrounds to intervene early in young people’s lives and steer them onto a positive path. And our £45m Young Londoners Fund grants money to brilliant projects that give disadvantaged young people a brighter future. Read about our work.
Fighting for gender equality
One hundred years ago this year, the first British women won the right to vote. Our #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign kicked off at the start of the year to mark this momentous anniversary, and we were deeply proud to unveil a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett, the first monument to a woman in Parliament Square. To tackle shocking gender inequality in the workplace, we started the Our Time scheme, which pairs talented women with sponsors to help them realise their potential. Sign up for the Our Time toolkit to tackle gender inequality in your workplace.
Our mission to end homelessness
It’s heartbreaking to see so many people sleeping rough. Last winter, you raised an incredible £200,000 for homeless Londoners, which went directly to the London Homeless Charities Group. This year we’ve opened emergency shelters more often, doubled our outreach team, funded No Second Night Out hubs, and installed contactless donation points across London. But to end homelessness, we depend on your generosity. One way to help the mission is by donating now.
Standing up for London on Brexit
I know Brexit has caused great uncertainty for many Londoners. I’ve been banging the drum for London and making sure our capital’s voice is heard in negotiations - travelling to Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Dublin to meet with business and political leaders and hosting EU Ambassadors at City Hall. Whatever the outcome of Brexit, EU Londoners will always be welcome here. If you or anyone you know needs advice on staying in the UK, take a look at our EU Londoners Hub and sign up.
Making London cleaner, greener and healthier.
Our plans to become the world’s first National Park City in 2019 will make our air cleaner, people healthier and help wildlife thrive. In December we organised the capital’s biggest ever tree planting weekend, with Londoners planting a record 80,000 trees as we work to make more than half of our city green space. You can get involved here.
As we look ahead to 2019, there is still a great deal more to accomplish. With your support, I’m confident we can achieve it.