Gender Pay Gap (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Len Duvall AM: Can I take it, Mr Mayor, in terms of answering your first question to Fiona Twycross, that the issues around the childcare crisis, which has increasingly developed because of the Government’s promise of 30 hours free childcare without thinking it through, is that you chairing this inter-departmental group is about bringing the strategic contribution of City Hall together on to these matters, like shining a light on to it? Is that what you are trying to achieve?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Gender Pay Gap (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Gender Pay Gap (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): It is that and some more. You are right to remind us that we have no - capital P - powers to do a lot around childcare and so there is persuasion and there is convening. However, just think that those Londoners who have their potential fulfilled the least happen to be the Londoners who are mums and who have to look after their children because they cannot afford childcare. It is a serious issue. Not unreasonably, you may criticise the Government for not giving us the powers and we will lobby for them, but in the meantime there are things we can do and I am determined that Joanne [McCartney, statutory Deputy Mayor] uses her experience to get on and do it.


Len Duvall AM: Mr Mayor, you mentioned the issue of flexible childcare in the capital. Of course Hackney Council is promoting a scheme around childminders, which is one aspect of the childcare issue. It is quite flexible with a bursary scheme to train childminders. These are small sums of funds that are of added benefit, not just in terms of childcare.


Would you consider doing something or looking into something similar if finances become available or partnerships become available to strategically intervene on that nature of the childcare to give some help to families in London?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London): Nothing should be off the table and I would encourage the Assembly Member to talk to Joanne [McCartney].


Let me give you some other examples we are looking at, just to give you a flavour. Could we reduce or give a carrot in relation to business rates once there is more devolution, which may reduce the cost for that childcare provider to provide childcare for those who go to that place? Can we help in training of people who want to do childcare?


One of the reasons I am passionate - and there are many reasons - for people to learn English is that it is a stepping stone into work being a provider of childcare. There is much we can and should be doing and we are going to be pinching the best ideas from local authorities in other cities. We are also going to be working together to increase economies of scale, but nothing should be off the table.


Len Duvall AM: Thank you.