Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London

Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Increasing safe choices for women is a running theme in all aspects of my work. This includes the extensive programme of engagement and consultation with women, for example, the Capital Women Conference of 2002 and in consideration of specific issues such as transport, health, domestic violence and child-care. I've provided additional resources of an extra 1,050 police officers, all of which are out on the streets where women feel especially vulnerable.

The LDA is committed to working with partners to remove barriers to employment and economic opportunity for all Londoners, particularly women. It's funded a number of schemes through the single regeneration budget, which have addressed safety concerns. These include dramatic improvements in access and safety at the Aldgate Subway five-year Scheme involving ten boroughs to tackle travelling in safety; crime hot spots; improving safety features of industrial estates, including increased closed circuit TV coverage, improved lighting and fencing and 24 hour help points in ten boroughs in the Thames Gateway; improved access and safety through improvements in the streetscape of Stratford town centre; funding work to the private sector to raise awareness and exploring opportunities for involvement in the role of employees in detecting and supporting employees experiencing domestic violence; two new Hungerford footbridges to transform crossing the river in central London with full closed circuit television security coverage.

In addition, a number of initiatives are in hand to promote safer travel options, including increased enforcements against illegal taxi touts, increasing the availability of black cabs, increasing the number of night buses available, closed circuit TV on buses, a highly visible presence of 205 extra police on buses, contributing to the increased safety and security of all passengers, particularly women who are the majority users of buses.

Finally, the London plan will promote good design principles which will have a positive impact on increasing the safety of women in London, including better lighting, signage, improving the quality of the public realm and following best practice in designing out crime. .