Coming up next week at the London Assembly

17 March 2017

Site Visit

Wednesday 22 March

Digital connectivity in London 

Regeneration Committee site visit – 2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: Canada Water Library

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Address: 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

Nearest station: Canada Water (Jubilee)

The Regeneration Committee will visit Rotherhithe to discuss problems of connectivity in London’s most famous not-spot. Members of the Committee will hear from local residents facing connectivity issues and meet with representatives from Southwark Council to discuss what they are doing to make improvements.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067

Public Meetings

Tuesday 21 March

Local news provision in London 

Economy Committee – 10:00am in Committee Room 5

The Economy Committee will discuss local news provision in London, how it has changed over the past decade, what is driving the changes and what impact this will have on the way Londoners access news. Are job cuts driving down standards of journalism across the industry? What impact is this having on democratic accountability and investigative journalism? The guests are:

  • Ceri Gould, Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror
  • Michael Macfarlane, Head of BBC London and BBC South East
  • Laura Davison, National Organiser, National Union of Journalists
  • Professor Angela Phillips, Goldsmiths University
  • Martin Hoscik, Journalist and Commentator, MayorWatch
  • Philip Evans, Editor, London Weekly News
  • Linda Quinn, Editor-in-Chief, Brixton Bugle
  • Eric Gordon, Editor of the Camden New Journal group


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067

Wednesday 22 March

Mayor’s Question Time 

10:00am in The Chamber

During MQT, London Assembly Members will question Mayor Sadiq Khan on‎ the following topics and more:

  • Brexit challenges for London
  • The Met and Honour Based Violence
  • Electoral fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets
  • London-wide Ultra Low Emission Zone


MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228


Thursday 23 March

Between homes – the challenge of hidden homelessness 

Housing Committee – 10:00am in The Chamber

The Housing Committee will discuss the issue of ‘hidden homelessness’. How big a problem is it in London? Which groups of people are most likely to be ‘hidden homeless’? What effect will the removal of Housing Benefit from under 22s have? The guests are:


Panel 1 – London’s hidden homeless

  • The committee will hear from a number of people who have experienced ‘hidden homelessness’


Panel 2 – Experts and practitioners

  • Dr Kesia Reeve, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Nicola Harwood, Head of Nightstop, Depaul UK
  • Bob Green, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewall Housing
  • Mary Mason, Chief Executive Officer, Solace Women’s Aid


MEDIA CONTACT: Sonia Labboun on 020 7983 5769


Thursday 23 March

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation update

Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee – 2:00pm in Committee room 5

The OPDC enters 2017-18 with a 40 percent funding cut from the Mayor. At the same time, OPDC is expected to publish its “masterplan” for the area and develop plans for becoming self-funding. The Budget Monitoring Sub-Committee will question the OPDC about its financial performance, its plans to assess £2 million of contingency funding which the Mayor is currently holding back from the budget, and discuss OPDC’s progress acquiring land at the site. The guests are:

  • Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, OPDC
  • Doug Wilson, Chief Finance Officer, OPDC


MEDIA CONTACT: Sonia Labboun on 020 7983 5769

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.