Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you.  The Mayor will now provide an oral update of up to five minutes in length on matters occurring since the publication of his report.  Mr Mayor?


Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you, Chairman.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Val Shawcross [Valerie Shawcross CBE], who is retiring and so stepping down from her role as Deputy Mayor for Transport.  For someone who has been involved in London politics for so many years, it speaks volumes that no one has a bad word to say about Val, even amongst Assembly Members!  She is hugely respected across political divides and she has done an exceptional job as an Assembly Member for 16 years and as Deputy Mayor for the last two years.  With her significant expertise, she has helped to transform London’s transport system, making it greener, more accessible and more affordable for millions of Londoners.  I know Assembly Members will join me in wishing her the very best for the future.


Since we last met, Chairman, I have launched a number of new strategies, programmes and initiatives to improve the lives of Londoners.  This includes: distributing over £1 million to support 43 local anti-knife crime projects across London, inviting community groups, youth centres and schools to bid for funding through our new £45 million Young Londoners Fund, which will help young people at risk of being caught up in crime; launching a new plan to tackle the lack of women in senior positions, the largest-scale programme of its kind in the public sector; and then announcing the first-ever City Hall dedicated programme to building new council housing, with the ambition to start building 10,000 new council homes over the next four years.


Today, I am pleased to announce new powers to combat dangerous taxi and private hire activity.  The majority of taxi and private hire drivers, Chairman, provide a good and safe service for Londoners, but drivers who do not have a valid license or who are breaching the terms of their licence should not be on the streets.  That is why we have now made it possible for our compliance officers to pull over vehicles and to carry out more enforcement operations without a police presence.  This will save the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) valuable time and resources.  The safety of Londoners is my number one priority and, having already quadrupled the number of compliance officers since I became Mayor, I am delighted that they will now have the powers they need to take action against dangerous taxi and private hire activity.


I look forward to answering your questions this morning.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you very much.