NHS staff shortages in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/1261
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

On the 3rd February 2016 the London Assembly Health Committee met with leaders from across the health sector to discuss the acute shortage of key staff in London. There were discussions about how you in your role as Mayor and how you could help with the cost of living.

Why have you not used your powers to reduce the cost of living for our hard working NHS staff with a key worker housing scheme or reduced transport costs?

Answer

Answer for NHS staff shortages in London

Answer for NHS staff shortages in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As Mayor I have done a great deal to support hard working families including our valued NHS staff. I am on track to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over my two terms as mayor of London. Last year we delivered more than 18,000 affordable homes - higher than any time since the early 1980s.

I have also helped to reduce the cost of Living in London by:

o          Freezing and cutting the council tax - in total I will have saved a council taxpayer around £500 over 8 years. This equates to a real terms reduction in Council Tax of 28 per cent since 2008/09.

o          Retrofitting a total of 111,500 homes. Coupled with wider market delivery, over 500,000 homes in London have already been retrofitted.

o          Confirming a real terms fares freeze for 2016/17. From 2nd January fares rose only by RPI (1%).

o          Introducing and protecting travel concessions for the most vulnerable.

o          Part time travel card - I have lowered the 'Pay as you go daily cap' cut to provide fairer and more affordable travel for part-time workers.

o          The London Food Board is also working on a range of interventions to improve access to affordable food for vulnerable Londoners.

o          Launching London's fist boiler cashback scheme - offering £400 for people to replace their old polluting boilers and saving people money.