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Coming up next week at the London Assembly - 01/02/16

29 January 2016



Monday 1 February
Letter: Are developers dodging affordable housing?
Planning Committee

A letter to the Mayor suggests some developers are shunning affordable homes in favour of bigger profits.

The Planning Committee is concerned that some developers are deliberately paying too much for land, to make providing affordable housing unviable, with several hiding behind confidential ‘viability assessments’.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603




Tuesday 2 February
Olympic legacy and update from the OPDC
Regeneration Committee - 10:00am in Committee Room 5

During the first section of the meeting the Regeneration Committee will discuss the progress made by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in delivering a successful Olympic legacy. The guests are:

  • David Goldstone CBE, Chief Executive, LLDC
  • Dr Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, LLDC

The second section of the meeting will explore the progress the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is making, with:

  • Sir Edward Lister, Chairman, OPDC
  • Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, OPDC.


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067


Wednesday 3 February
Are health workers sick of London?
Health Committee – 10:00am in Committee Room 3

London’s health services spend more on agency staff than anywhere else in the country, despite thousands of vacant posts for nurses and paramedics. Is the high cost of living in London driving medics away and what does this mean for patient care? Can the next Mayor stem the tide?

The Health Committee will discuss the challenges of recruiting and retaining London’s health workforce.  

The following guests will be questioned:

  • Prof. Maureen Baker CBE, DM, FRCGP, Chair, Royal College of GPs
  • Sue Tarr, Operational Manager, North Central Sector, North East Sector (covering London area), Royal College of Nursing
  • Cynthia Davis, Council Member & Chair, London Board, Royal College of Nursing
  • Dr Fionna Moore MBE, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers


MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067


Thursday 4 February
Flood risks, climate change and biodiversity
Environment Committee – 10:00am in the Chamber

The Environment Committee will hear from guests about progress made on its recent investigations and publications.

The first section will focus on flood risk and climate adaptation. The guests are:

  • Kevin Reid, Principal Policy & Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Simon Moody, London Area Manager, Environment Agency
  • Cantor Mocke, London Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency
  • Kristen Guida, Manager, London Climate Change Partnership

During the second section, biodiversity will be discussed and the Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • Peter Massini, Principal Policy & Programme Officer, GLA
  • Jon Best, Chair, London Boroughs Biodiversity Forum (and Ecology Officer, Southwark Council)
  • Mathew Frith, Director of Conservation, London Wildlife Trust.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603


Thursday 4 February
London’s Further Education (FE) sector
Education Panel - 2:30pm in the Chamber

The GLA is due to take a much larger role in the FE sector, with the proposed devolution of skills funding to London by 2019.

The Education Panel will examine the current and future state of the FE sector and the implications of this change.

  • Andrew Travers, Chief Executive, London Borough of Barnet, and London Councils lead on skills devolution
  • Sir Frank McLoughlin, Principal, City and Islington College
  • Mary Vine Morris, Regional Director, Association of Colleges
  • Dr Sue Pember OBE, Director of Policy and External Relations, Holex
  • Jack Morris OBE, Co-Chair of the Skills and Employment Working Group, London Enterprise Panel
  • Michelle Cuomo Boorer, Senior Manager – Skills, SMEs and Employment, Greater London Authority.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603

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