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London’s Mayor faces criticism for not renewing Uber license

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  Facing 800,000 petition from Uber drivers and users after TfL refused to relicense Uber, London Mayor Sadiq Khah was faced doubts in mayor question time meeting. London Mayor Sadiq Khan faced strong doubts in Thursday’s London Assembly for his support of TfL’s decision to not renew the license of transport service. The Critique of several speakers during Question Time came after 800,000 Londoners had signed a petition to keep Uber drivers on the roads. Mayor Sadiq Khah was confronted by several speakers with issues related to Uber license issues when assembly question the mayor in the public. The issues related to Uber included living of Uber drivers and the meeting with global Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi (this sentence is good). The mayor strongly supported TfL’s decisi
Sadiq Khan rues London food poverty as ‘source of shame’

Sadiq Khan rues London food poverty as ‘source of shame’

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LONDON, United Kingdom – London mayor Sadiq Khan rued the capital’s food bank crisis as a “source of shame” on Thursday, 12th October during his latest Question Time at City Hall. Khan, responding to a question from Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, highlighted that more Londoners are being referred to food banks as a direct result of government policy changes. “It shows that not just the current leader of the Tory party but the future leaders also are out of touch,” Khan took a swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May. “I think what’s clear to me is it should be a source of shame for one of the richest cities in the world to have friends, neighbours, and family members who’ve got to rely upon the charity of family and friends or a food bank.” Khan cited data f
Cleaners disrupt the Mayor’s Question Time

Cleaners disrupt the Mayor’s Question Time

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London Underground cleaners disrupted October's Mayoral Question Time in a protest about their pay and working conditions claiming they are treated “like slaves”. https://youtu.be/DmhpWiTKNd4 (Video: Martin Steers) The protest organised by the RMT union outside of City Hall on Thursday was to raise awareness of a number of key issues such as pay, sick and holiday pay that the cleaning staff have issues with. This comes following the contract for all TfL cleaning being awarded to ABM UK this summer, so the cleaners do not work directly for TfL but for ABM UK, as agency or as freelance staff. “we need a decent wage, we need sick pay urgently”, proclaimed Richard Crane a Underground worker and RMT activist “We are being treated like slaves basically”, the RMT are campaigning for cleanin

Mayor says PM to blame for stress on food banks

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Theresa May and the Tory government are to blame for increased stress on London’s food banks, said Mayor Sadiq Khan during his question period on Thursday. Khan, quoting the latest statistics from the Trussell Trust, told the assembly that the disastrous rollout of the Tory’s Universal Credit policy has directly resulted in a massive increase in food bank referrals. “It shows that, not just the current leader of the Tory party, but their future leaders also, are out of touch,” said Khan. Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi reinforced the Mayor’s statements, adding that her constituency of Lambeth and Southwark had seen a 33 per cent increase in food bank referrals from April to July of this year, with 94 per cent of those referrals coming as a direct result of benefit changes. Es
Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Bus, Politics, Transport, Travel, Tube
Mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday committed to meeting with GLA Member Keith Prince and representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss ideas for making TfL journeys better for patients of ‘invisible impairments’, including dementia. Provisions for Alzheimer patients who use TfL services under Khan’s Transport Strategy were on the agenda during last week’s Question Time. Reiterating his commitment to making London the world’s first dementia-friendly capital, Khan paid special emphasis to improving Underground services to accommodate patients of dementia, especially staff training. “Since I became Mayor, TfL has hired 650 new staff; they’re all being trained in assisting customers with accessibility requirements, including people with invisible impairments. A trained Dementia Friends C

Tory GLA member describes Mayoral question time meeting as a ‘farce’.

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Sadiq Khan and Conservative panel members disagreed on various topics and policies, a significant dispute revolved around Uber and the decision made by Travel for London (TFL) to revoke their license.   Khan came under fire from both Andrew Boff and Tony Devenish on the subject of Uber. Boff stated: “So you considered it proper to interfere at one point and improper to interfere at another?”   Khan responded: “I don’t think having discussions with the global CO who has apologised is an improper use of the commissioner’s time”.   These comments resulted in a back and forth dispute, ultimately resulting in Boff being denied the opportunity to ask a question relating to Uber and the Labour conference, with the chair of the meeting, Jeannette Arnoid, deeming th
Khan reiterates desire to have the UK stay in single market

Khan reiterates desire to have the UK stay in single market

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has re-echoed his desire to have the UK continue to access a single market even after Brexit. Khan pointed to the growing inflation which has increased from 0.5 to 2.9 since the referendum and translated to high costs of living for Londoners and the United Kingdom at large as the main reason why efforts should be made to stay in the single market post-Brexit. “The fall of the value of the pound has increased the cost of all businesses who have subsequently pinched customers by raising prices or reducing the size of their product while keeping prices the same,” Khan lamented during the mayor’s questions time last Thursday at the City hall “The continued drop in the value of the pound since the referendum has contributed to inflation rising from 0.5% t
Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

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For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th