Borough police officers that live in London 2018 (2)

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your response to my question 2018/2480. The data that you provided show that 50 per cent of borough police officers still live outside of London, with no progress made on this measure since the findings of my report, Where do our police live?, in May 2016. This is despite clear recommendations made by the Harris review into London's preparedness to respond to major incidents, which was published in October 2016. What will you do in your last two years of office to support police officers being able to afford to live in London?


Borough police officers that live in London 2018 (2)
Borough police officers that live in London 2018 (2)

Borough police officers that live in London 2018 (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response to the Harris Review recommendation, the Chair of the London Resilience Forum carried out a questionnaire with key members of London’s emergency services and other interested parties. The feedback showed that responders did not consider the question of where staff live to be an issue affecting their response. They consider that the business continuity and other plans they have in place – which are constantly under consideration – ensure that they have the staff in place to meet the needs of each agency.

Specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is confident in its preparedness to respond to major incidents. The last 18 months have shown that it has been able to mobilise effectively to react to an unprecedented number of major events. There are strong transport links into the capital so many officers are able to reach much of London as quickly as those that must travel across it.

The MPS would of course want more officers living in London, but there are many factors that affect this – not least of which is the affordability of housing in London and the South East in general. Officers already have access to GLA interest free loan schemes to fund deposits on London rental property and extensive subsidised travel benefits.