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Coming up next week at the London Assembly w/c 21/02/16

19 February 2016


Monday 22 February

Planning Committee

Land Value Tax (LVT) Report

Could a new Land Value Tax (LVT) provide the incentive to build over 200,000 new homes in the capital?  London Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM releases the report ‘Tax trial. A Land Value Tax for London?’

MEDIA CONTACT: Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769


Thursday 25 February

Regeneration Committee

The Role of Business Improvement Districts (BIDS)

The London Assembly Regeneration Committee report ‘Business Improvement Districts: The role of BIDs in London’s regeneration’ makes a number of recommendations about the future direction of Business Improvement Districts.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067



Thursday 25 February

Sensory Impairment site visit

Transport Committee 11am-1pm

Members of the Transport Committee and people with a sensory impairment will test the hearing loop on a Routemaster bus from Parliament Square to Euston station.  They will then observe a visually-impaired person trialling the Wayfindr App (the first open standard for audio-based navigation) to travel down to the Victoria Line platform and back at Euston Tube station. Attendees include:

  • Val Shawcross, Transport Committee Chair
  • Katherine Payne, Wayfindr
  • Ashar Smith, a visually impaired young man who will be trialling the Wayfindr App

Media are invited to attend

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228



Monday 22 February

Mayor’s Question Time

Final Consolidated Budget 2016/17 - 9:00am in the Chamber

The current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will present his last £16 billion final budget for 2016/17 to London Assembly Members.

After questions, the Assembly is under a duty to consider the budget and approve it, with or without amendment.  Amendments are subject to securing the support of at least two-thirds of the Assembly Members present and voting.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228


Tuesday 23 February

The Mayor’s Housing Commitments

Housing Committee – 10:00am in Committee Room 5

Assembly Members review the Mayor’s housing commitments over his period in office and consider some of the key housing challenges which await the next Mayor and ways to deal with them.  The guests are:

  • Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing Land and Property
  • David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing and Land, GLA
  • Neal Hudson, Associate Director, Residential Investment, Savills
  • Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Regeneration and Housing, London Borough of Ealing

MEDIA CONTACT: Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769


Wednesday 24 February

Impact of Welfare Reform in London

Economy Committee – 10:00am in Committee Room 5

The Economy Committee will receive a briefing from the New Policy Institute on its report:  London’s Poverty Profile 2015.  After this, the Committee will explore the impact of recent changes to the welfare system on people living on low incomes in London.  The guests are:

  • Hannah Aldridge, Senior Researcher, London Poverty Profile, New Policy Institute;
  • Megan Jarvie, London Poverty Project Coordinator, Child Poverty Action Group;
  • Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive, Z2K;
  • Councillor Roxanne Mashari, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, London Borough of Brent; and
  • Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare, Institute of Economic Affairs.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067


Thursday 25 February

Q&A with the Met and MOPAC

Police and Crime Committee – 10:00am in the Chamber

The Police and Crime Committee will hold a Q&A session with:

  • Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

The Committee will question guests on the following topics:

  • The Met’s investigations of sexual abuse allegations
  • Gang violence
  • Body worn cameras
  • Support for adults with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603


Thursday 25 February

Garden Bridge and Mayor’s Fund for London

GLA Oversight Committee – 2:00pm in Committee Room 5

The GLA Oversight Committee continues its scrutiny of the procurement process of the Garden Bridge design contract. It will question Transport for London’s (TfL) Audit and Assurance Committee response to concerns raised by the Committee. The guest is:

  • Keith Williams, Chair of TfL’s Audit and Assurance Committee

The Committee will also discuss the work of the Mayor’s Fund for London and its links with the Mayor and the Greater London Authority.  The guest is:

  • Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact the media team on 020 7983 4283.  For out-of-hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.