Protect free travel for under 18 year olds in London

For schools, for young Londoners of all backgrounds to enjoy their city the Under 18s’ Zip Card is a lifeline which should not be scrapped. I asked the City of London Corporation at the influential Public Relations and Economic Development Committee to support the call to protect free travel for under 18 year olds in London.

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London to maintain position as top investment location post-pandemic

London’s overall attractiveness as a top investment destination has remained undiminished, with the first major poll of global investors since the start of the Covid-19 crisis showing that 99 per cent are still keen to invest in the city, with 79 per cent currently actively doing so. Having recently been re-appointed to the City of London Corporation’s Investment Committee and elected onto its Property Investment Board, I know how important this onfidence is as we are looking to shape our City’s post Covid-19 future. Resilience planning, acceleration of our transport startegy and reimagining of our approach are essential.

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Emergency support for rough sleepers extended

This week City Matters reported that London youth hostel which has housed the City’s homeless during lockdown will offer them respite until winter’s end next year in a bid to help get people off the streets permanently. Just eight to 12 people were recently counted sleeping rough in the City and our teams are now engaging with people they haven’t been able to find a breakthrough before. As deputy chair of the City of London’s homelessness and roughsleeping sub-committee I am determined we continue to build on this progress.

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£5m boost as City of London calls on firms to support Covid-19 fund

London’s largest independent funder has handed a £5 million boost to a coronavirus emergency fund – and is urging businesses to dig deep to help good causes facing a ‘perfect storm’ caused by the pandemic. The cash from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, brings its total pledge to the London Community Response to £6m.

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Changes for cyclists, shoppers and drivers in the City of London

The City of London Corporation is ramping up its transport recovery plan, designed to ensure the gradual and safe return of people who work, live and visit the Square Mile. At the Policy and Resources Committee last week I joined other members to endorse Phase Two of the recovery plan offering support for City businesses through the introduction of various transportation and public realm changes. We also reiterated the need to accommodate access for disabled people.

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Policing by consent

The Policy and Resources Committee, the City’s main decision-making Committee, unanimously agreed to set up a working group to look at we are doing to tackle racism in all its forms. The Tackling Racism Working Party will assess whether the City Corporation could take any further action to promote economic, educational and social inclusion. It will also consider how to respond to historical issues, such as statues and monuments.

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Action, not words to show Black lives matter: City of London takes action to tackle racism

I have been reflecting on recent events in the US, the UK & around the world. Speaking to friends and colleagues, discussing the importance for the City Corporation and as elected representative in the City of London to listen and to act. Because as Michelle Obama says: “It’s up to all of us – black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting [racism] out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion and empathy, that manifests in our lives and on our streets.”

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