Poverty in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Reference: 
2018/5245
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The recent United Nations report on poverty in the UK suggested that there was a disconnect between the government’s understanding of poverty in the UK and the stories of those in the UK living in poverty. What are you doing to stop poverty becoming a hidden and ignored problem in London?

Answer

Poverty in London

Poverty in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I made clear to the UN before their visit, levels of poverty in our city are unacceptable.  I have repeatedly written to the government about this issue, and publicly called on them to halt and overhaul Universal Credit given how much this contributes to the risk of poverty. 

My Warmer Homes programme is funding energy efficiency upgrades. I am also exploring income maximisation possibilities through my Fuel Poverty Action Plan and by working with schools to support and advise families facing poverty. Through my Good Work Standard, I will be encouraging London's employers to help their employees meet the cost of living by paying London Living Wage. Through my Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group I will ensure that the expertise of stakeholders working on poverty is at the heart of City Hall policy making.