Joanne McCarthy AM: Mr Mayor, poverty is a major barrier to social mobility and I am sure you were as shocked as I was this week when the London Child Poverty Alliance announced the new figures for poverty not only across the country but in London. It is increasing.
If I can give you an example in my own boroughs of Enfield and Haringey, in Tottenham and Edmonton, nearly 49% of our children are living in poverty. This is after housing costs. Across my two boroughs, that means 66,000 children are living in poverty. You have already made some progress on this with some of the early years work that I am doing on your behalf, also freezing TfL transport costs and more affordable housing, but the main levers come from the Government.
What would you like to see the Government do to really crack down and tackle this issue of child poverty?