Coming up next week at the London Assembly - w/c 13 July

10 July 2015


Tuesday 14 July

Diesel emissions in London

In places, London’s air quality is among the worst in Europe. Official scientific figures estimate that there are thousands of premature deaths each year in London as a result. London’s pollution levels are also illegal, according to April’s Supreme Court ruling.

The London Assembly Environment Committee report will examine London’s efforts to reduce pollution from diesel cars, lorries, buses and taxis and make recommendations to improve the capital’s air quality.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603




Tuesday 14 July

The third sector’s role in helping people into work

Economy Committee – 10:00am Committee Room 5

Assembly members will discuss the third sector in employment and skills programmes. The guests will be:

From 10am:

Laura Furness, Local Deals Manager, Big Lottery Fund

Dan Gasgoyne, Director, West London Alliance (WLA)

Rob Hancock, Regional Education Officer, Southern and Eastern Region TUC (SERTUC)

Adrian Smith, Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Lambeth

Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, LB Barnet (WLA member)

From 11am:

Alex Conway, European Programmes Director, Greater London Authority

Julie Sexton, Senior Programme Manager, GLA


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603


Tuesday 14 July

GLA governance

Audit Panel – 3:30pm in Committee Room 5

Each year the GLA’s Annual Governance Statement is presented in draft to the Assembly for Members’ views. The Panel will also note the taxable benefits and expenses submitted by the Mayor, London Assembly Members and senior staff during the period 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2015.


MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228


Wednesday 15 July

Mayor’s Question Time – 10:00am in the Chamber

Boris Johnson will face eight more question time sessions in front of London Assembly Members before his Mayoral term ends.

Tomorrow, the Mayor will be questioned on subjects including:

the impact on London of George Osborne's Summer Budget

the response to the Davies Commission report

the plan to make sure everyone is paid at least the London Living Wage

the number of electric buses and taxis currently operating on London's roads.


MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228


Wednesday 15 July

Is Olympic Stadium spending staying on track?

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

What’s going on with the Olympic stadium? How much is West Ham’s new home costing us today? The guests are:

David Goldstone CBE, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

Gerry Murphy, Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services, LLDC


Questions will also be directed to representatives from TfL and LFEPA.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ash Singleton on 020 7983 5769


Thursday 16 July

Right to buy, councils left to sell?

Housing Committee – 10:00am in Committee Room 5

Housing association tenants will soon have the ‘right to buy’ their home – funded via the sale of expensive council homes. Will this stop councils being able to build more social homes? Will London end up subsidising the rest of the country? And what will the impact be on housing associations themselves?

Lord Kerslake, Chair, Peabody and former Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities & Local Government

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property

James Clark, Housing Policy Manager, Housing and Land, Greater London Authority

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Hackney

Cllr James Murray, Executive Member for Housing and Development, London Borough of Islington

Laura Johnson, Director of Housing, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Chair of Directors of Housing, London Councils

Jim Ripley, Chair, Phoenix Housing

Cllr Alan Hall, Chair, Overview & Scrutiny, London Borough of Lewisham

John Bibby, Policy Officer, Shelter.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ash Singleton on 020 7983 5769


Thursday 16 July

London Plan changes

Planning Committee – 2:00pm in Committee Room 5

How will changes to the Mayor’s blueprint for London – the ‘London Plan’ affect the capital?

John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, Greater London Authority (GLA) London Plan Team

Jennifer Peters, Senior Strategic Planner, GLA London Plan Team

Alan Benson, Senior Manager, GLA Housing and Land.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ash Singleton on 020 7983 5769


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