Harris Review update - emergency worker housing

MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your update on the Harris Review for recommendation one on emergency worker housing in London, says that the chair of the London Resilience Forum has "carried out a questionnaire with key members of London's emergency services and other interested parties". Could you provide full details of this questionnaire including a) the survey questions, b) the number of responses, c) whether frontline workers were surveyed (and the level of seniority of the respondents if not), d) whether unions were surveyed, and e) a summary of the results?


Answer for Harris Review update - emergency worker housing

Answer for Harris Review update - emergency worker housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A survey of Emergency Services and selected responders took place in April 2017. The survey was addressed to eight organisations in the London Resilience Partnership, all replied. The questions considered the availability of data; agency policies towards housing such as allowances; vulnerability to disruption in the transport network; working from home contingency arrangements. Reports were submitted by senior representatives of responding agencies. The survey did not ask agencies to consult with frontline staff or unions and we are not aware of any agency doing so. 

Agencies hold some data on where staff live and have a range of policies regarding allowances, places of work and working from home.  All the agencies taking part in the survey have arrangements such as mutual aid agreements and business continuity plans to ensure that they are able to respond to emergencies.