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Commenting on the recommendation of the Airports Commission to build a third runway at Heathrow, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:

“We will now take the time to examine Sir Howard’s findings closely but it is clear that any decision on airport expansion, whilst controversial, has to be evidence based.

“Howard Davies and his team have clearly carried out an in-depth and detailed analysis of the options for airport expansion and it’s now up to Government to issue a prompt response to his recommendations. What nobody wants to see is yet more years of paralysis and indecision.

“It is vital that any final decision recognises the importance of a comprehensive programme of environmental and surface transport improvements for Heathrow to help mitigate the environmental and noise impact of the airport with or without expansion.”

Government must examine Airports Commission findings closely

Commenting on the recommendation of the Airports Commission to build a third runway at Heathrow, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said: “We will now take the time to examine...

Responding to the Mayor of London’s announcement that London’s first pure electric double-decker bus will be trialled in October, Labour’s London Assembly Transport spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:

“After years of calling on the Mayor to roll-out electric buses to help tackle London’s worsening air pollution, it’s fantastic to see the world’s first electric double decker will be on London’s streets by October.

“This has to be more than just a one-off headline grabber. With London’s bus fleet contributing to the capital’s ever growing air pollution crisis, we need a plan to make environmentally friendly vehicles the rule not the exception. 

“With Boris’ new Routemasters set to be amongst the most polluting vehicles on our roads by 2020, you could easily conclude that this is all too little, too late.”

We need a plan to make environmentally friendly vehicles the rule not the exception - Val Shawcross AM

Responding to the Mayor of London’s announcement that London’s first pure electric double-decker bus will be trialled in October, Labour’s London Assembly Transport spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said: “After years of calling...

Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley AM has accused the Government of “stealing” over £90m of funding for new council homes in the capital. The attack comes after Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP admitted in a letter that between 2012 and 2014 the Treasury diverted over £90m of Right to Buy income from London boroughs to other projects. Mr Copley said the money should have been used to fund new homes in the capital and accused the Government of intentionally cutting the number of council homes in London.

Responding to a letter from Mr Copley, Government Housing Minister Brandon Lewis admitted that between 2012 and 2014 the Treasury had held back over £90m from boroughs, money which Mr Copley said should have been used to fund replacement homes. Instead, Lewis admitted the money had been put into the “general pot” of Treasury funding and that it was “not possible to set out specifically how the proceeds” were spent. In response Mr Copley has demanded the Government return the money so it can be reinvested in London housing.

The revelation comes despite the last Government promising every “home sold under Right to Buy will be replaced by a new home for affordable rent, with receipts from sales recycled towards the cost of replacements.” Despite this pledge a recent report from Mr Copley found that councils in London expect the number of homes sold under Right to Buy to far outstrip the rate they are able to build replacements over the next decade. The report found that overall London boroughs expect 1.5 council properties to be sold over the next ten years for every new home that will be built with outer-London boroughs forecasting two council homes would be sold for every new home completed.

Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM said:

“Despite promising that Right to Buy would result in a new home for each one sold the last Government effectively stole £90m which was meant to be spent on new homes for the capital. As a result many councils are finding it impossible to replace their lost homes.

“London’s housing market is already in crisis, diverting money which was meant to be reinvested in new homes is a total betrayal. You have to wonder whether the policy was intentionally designed this way to reduce the number of council homes in London.”

£90m for new London housing “stolen” by Government

Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley AM has accused the Government of “stealing” over £90m of funding for new council homes in the capital. The attack comes after Housing...

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