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Following the news that the FBU has issued notice of further strike action in response to the Government’s continued plans to change firefighters’ pensions, London Assembly Labour Group Fire Spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM, said:

“Despite the Fire Brigades Union calling off strikes and negotiating in good faith the Government is clearly not willing to listen and has not made a new offer to firefighters even though they clearly indicated this would happen.

“It is clear that the FBU feel the Government’s stance means the only way they can have their case heard is to press it through strike action. It is deeply disappointing that we have got to this position and I urge all sides to get back to the negotiating table.

“The proposal at the heart of this dispute, that firefighters should work until they are sixty or see their pension cut, is a heartless assault on those who spend their lives running into harm’s way to protect the public. The Government must recognise the position they are forcing firefighters into and come to a fair compromise with the FBU.”

Fiona Twycross AM responds to FBU announcement of further strike action

Following the news that the FBU has issued notice of further strike action in response to the Government’s continued plans to change firefighters’ pensions, London Assembly Labour Group Fire Spokesperson, Fiona...

Responding to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances,London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:

“Spending almost £9m a year on private ambulances shows just how far the Government is willing to privatise the London NHS. The amount given to private companies to run ambulance services has rocketed by 1011% since 2011/12 yet at the same time ambulance response times have gone down by nearly two minutes.

“Not only is it taking longer to reach patients in a life-threatening condition, the London Ambulance Service is increasingly having to rely on unaccountable private companies to deliver the service as a result of the immense pressure being placed upon it.”

“With the NHS in London facing massive financial challenges people will question why we are paying profit making companies to deliver blue light services."

Dr Onkar Sahota responds to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances

Responding to reports that the London Ambulance Service spent almost £9m last year on private ambulances,London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said: “Spending almost £9m a...

Under questioning from Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley, London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday appeared to accept that he will not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes by March 2015.

During the exchange the Mayor refused confirm that he target date remained March 2015 even though his Deputy Mayor for Housing stated categorically less than a year ago that that the target still stood. As of September this year the Mayor had only delivered 38,412 affordable homes leaving more than 16,000 to be built in order to meet March’s target.

After numerous attempts to dodge the question the Mayor accepted that he may not hit the target but refused to take action to prevent the failure stating: “If it slips by a few hundred in March or whatever deadline you arbitrarily choose to set then we’ll look at it then.”

When asked when the 55,000 would be completed the Mayor simply said “well I don’t know, whenever we’ve done them.”

Speaking after the meeting London Assembly Labour Group Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley AM said:

“This is yet another pledge which Boris is going to fail to keep to Londoners. The Mayor’s attitude towards affordable is outrageously blasé given the scale of the housing crisis facing the capital. Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Londoners are being priced out of buying by the capital’s eye-watering house prices yet Boris Johnson just doesn't seem to care about the impact that has.

"It is clear that Boris is set to miss his affordable housing pledge by March 2015. Yet instead of owning up to his failure, the Mayor is trying to pretend that the deadline was always December 2015. We urgently need to see action to put the scheme back on track to deliver the affordable housing London so desperately needs.”

 

Boris Johnson admits he is set to miss affordable housing target

Under questioning from Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley, London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday appeared to accept that he will not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes...

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