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London Assembly
MQT – 14 October 2009
Fourteenth Mayor’s Report to the Assembly

  This is my fourteenth report to the Assembly, fulfilling my duty under Section 45 of the
 Greater London Authority Act 1999. It covers the period 27 August to 30 September 2009.

Executive Summary
Your London, Your Say

On 17 September at the Indigo2 in Greenwich, I held a special consultation meeting with
young Londoners, providing an opportunity to debate specific issues of relevance to them
and to hear from those responsible for shaping London’s legacy.


On 20 September I attended Skyride London. The mass participation bike ride which is
organised by my Events for London team attracted some 65,000 registered riders who
along with me completed the 15km traffic free route.

‘Earn Your Travel Back’

On 27 August I launched the ‘Earn your travel back’ initiative (previously called ‘Payback
London’) at the London Wildlife Trust in Dulwich. The initiative fulfils one of my key
manifesto commitments to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on the buses and will
allow young people who lose their free travel, due to bad behaviour, an opportunity to earn
it back by volunteering for environmental conservation work.

Over £54 million investment to refurbish properties in Enfield

On 28 September, the London region of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and I
agreed £54.4 million of funding, to upgrade and refurbish over 400 properties adjacent to
the A406 in Enfield.

Draft Water Strategy

On 28 August I launched my draft Water Strategy to ensure London’s water resources for
generations to come. The average Londoner uses nearly 160 litres of water a day - saving
just 10 per cent of this total, through easy measures, would fill an incredible 48 Olympic-
sized swimming pools every day.

Section 60 Responses
Credit crunched? Support for business start-ups in London

Response to the recommendations of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and
Tourism Committee as set out in the Committee’s report Credit crunched? Support for business
start-ups in London

General comments on the Report

The role of public sector advice

The report states that it is estimated that 55,000 new businesses opened in London in 2008-
9. Whilst recognising that the recession will have an influence on these numbers, this
highlights the large volume of business start up activity in London. In relation to the role
of public sector funded advice, the key points are that:
    - many business start-ups take place without any intensive public sector funded
        advice (using their own private networks or suppliers of advice)
    - the public sector response needs to include an appropriate mix of high volume, light
        touch delivery and lower volume intensive support given the latter is relatively

As paragraph 1.6 states, the challenge is ascertaining where limited resources are deployed
to maximum effect, not only regarding the allocation of support between start-up and
existing businesses but also against other pressing needs in London’s economy.

Business failures

The report suggests that London’s high failure rate justifies intervention. It is important to
recognise that not all business closures (for example, measured by VAT de-registrations)
are ‘failures’, for example, it might be that a business is sold on or merged, or turnover falls
below the registration threshold – or it may be that the owner retires or finds other
employment. The number of VAT de-registrations in England and Wales in 2007 was
135,400 whereas the number of company insolvencies in the same period was only 12,507.
In addition, London historically has a high business start up rate (measured by VAT
registrations), so its net business start-up rate (startups less closures) has typically been
higher than the national rate. Higher closure rates do not necessarily reflect overall
economic weakness.

However, the Mayor agrees with the committee that, at this stage in the economic cycle,
there is a higher risk of Londoners attempting to start unviable businesses. This clearly
presents both an economic and personal waste and is best tackled by providing appropriate
information at an early stage of individuals’ plans. The LDA is considering whether
improvements can be made in how information and advice on whether to start a business
can be better disseminated, including the kinds of ‘reality checks’ the report mentions in
paragraph 2.7.


The report provides data suggesting that London’s entrepreneurial activity has declined.
Whilst the ‘Total Entrepreneurial Activity’ (TEA) is one measure of this, it does not

necessarily show that London’s entrepreneurial dynamism is declining; for example,
business start-ups are still higher in London than other regions.

However, the Mayor agrees with the committee that there is potentially more scope to
equip Londoners with entrepreneurial skills and acumen as part of their education. This
appears to be a key factor why, for example, the US demonstrates greater
entrepreneurialism, and the Mayor intends to promote a stronger emphasis on building
entrepreneurial skills in education through the Economic Development Strategy.

Regional variations

The report makes some comparisons between London and other regions. These can be
misleading, especially in relation to equity funds. London has by far the most developed
private sector equity and venture capital communities in the country and should therefore
be less reliant on public backed support than other regions, notwithstanding its larger
economy. There remains a significant ‘equity gap’ but there are also national government
backed Enterprise Capital Funds that focus on this across all regions and which are not
mentioned in your analysis. The assertion that ‘there is greater need for [start-up]
services in the capital’ than elsewhere is not backed up.

LDA Funding

The Committee’s report makes a number of recommendations regarding LDA funding.
The Mayor has taken on board these suggestions and will consider them further in
discussion with the LDA. However, it must be emphasised that:
    - the LDA is committed to and bound by procurement rules which mean that there
       are practical limits to how much existing schemes can be increased or extended
    - the LDA, as with other public bodies, must now invest according to the
       government’s Solutions for Business portfolio; this will require historic schemes to
       significantly change their service offer in many cases
    - even if schemes demonstrate good performance, they must also demonstrate they
       offer a better impact or return compared to other interventions

The Committee will appreciate that there are currently many pressures on the LDA budget
and increasing needs in a range of areas not limited to business support. The committee’s
proposals must therefore be considered in the context of wider investment plans currently
being drawn up by the LDA.

Responses to Report recommendations

Recommendation 1
The Committee recommends that the London Development Agency uses £1.4 million of its
unallocated £8 million 2009/10 budget to restore Business London to its 2008/09 funding level.
Furthermore, the Mayor and LDA should work with Capital Enterprise and the British Library
Business and IP Centre to develop a strategic approach to the provision of mentoring support for
potential entrepreneurs. Appropriate funds should be allocated from the 2008/09 underspend to
deliver this strategy and the Mayor and LDA should report back to the Committee on progress with
these discussions by October 2009.

There is no unallocated LDA budget available this financial year to increase the Business
London budget. The LDA is currently drawing up its Investment Strategy for 2010/11,
which will be consulted on and then finalised and approved by the Mayor. The
Government’s Solutions for Business streamlining of business advice means that mentoring
support for new businesses now falls under the ‘Intensive Start Up Support’ product, which
will help achieve the strategic coherence the committee rightly seeks, and the LDA will
look to work with appropriate partners in this area to maximise effectiveness. The Mayor
notes the Committee’s recommendation to revisit the ERAP. He committed at the time of
publication of ERAP to keep it under review in the light of changing economic and business
conditions, and the latest update shows seven actions have been added since its publication.

Recommendations 2 & 3
The Committee notes that 75 per cent of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Investment Fund
announced last year will not be available until 2010. We recommend that the Mayor and London
Development Agency bring forward this date to meet the current need of start-ups who are
struggling to access finance. Also we recommend that, in recognition of the fact that the government’s
Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is targeting existing small and medium sized enterprises, the
remaining £7.5 million of the Economic Recovery Investment fund should be provided solely for
start-ups and early stage funding. The Committee also notes that even if this recommendation is
accepted it will not replace the reductions in finance for start-ups since January 2008. We therefore
urge the Mayor to consider the potential to increase this provision and to set out in his response to this
report how he plans to address the unmet demand for start-up finance created by the ending of the
£7 million research and development grants, the £15 million London technology fund and the
£6.65 million Creative Capital Fund.

The Committee is referred to the response to MQ 2573: ‘Development of the equity fund is
ongoing. However these types of interventions are complex in nature to develop and
structure. In order to ensure effectiveness of the funds and maximise availability for
businesses, we are analysing existing debt and equity funds and considering structuring
and operational options.’ The Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFGS) is designed
to support increased bank lending to businesses and does not therefore perform the same
function as the Economic Recovery Investment Fund. The latter has been designed to
complement wider Government initiatives such as the EFGS. The Mayor does not
therefore support the Committee’s recommendation that the Fund should be solely directed
at start-ups. The Mayor will work with the LDA to consider the need for equity finance
schemes on the basis of estimated demand and supply from other sources, including the
Government’s UK Innovation Investment Fund.

We recommend that the London Development Agency discuss with Capital Enterprise the potential
for supporting its Empty Property Scheme and to identify ways in which the Mayor and LDA could
use their influence to increase the affordability of empty business properties in London. The LDA
should report back to the Committee by October 2009 on progress with these discussions.

I believe that efforts should be made to increase the availability of empty space in a way
that helps to stimulate enterprise. Given the current market conditions, it is likely that
such space can be made available at affordable rates although, as the committee also makes
clear, there is no systemic market failure in London’s SME workspace market. The GLA is

currently in discussion with partners, including Capital Enterprise, who are considering
potential pilot schemes and the Mayor will write to the chair of the Committee with an
update in October.


A Lasting Legacy For London

Response to the recommendations of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and
Tourism Committee as set out in the Committee’s report A Lasting Legacy For London.

Recommendation 1
We are concerned at the lack of a theoretical framework and detailed comparative work as to how
sports participation can actually be increased by harnessing the marketing power of hosting an
Olympic and Paralympic Games. We recommend that this work should be developed expeditiously

 ‘A Sporting Future For London’ sets out a number of practical measures aimed at increasing
the sports provision in London and, accordingly, increasing participation in the Capital. As
a general principle, we are clear about the need to address supply and demand side issues-
particularly the barriers to participation in sport - when determining funding criteria. We
also have a clear commitment to tackle inactivity and have incorporated this as a general
condition of funding.

We fully recognise the marketing power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and are
engaged in work to develop this with the DCMS/Government Olympic Executive (GOE);
LOCOG; Sport England; the Olympic Delivery Authority, representatives from sport
National Governing Bodies and other stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated and
partnership approach on this work. All partners are keen to make progress with this work
and we expect to have developed this further through the Autumn.

Recommendation 2
We recommend that the Mayor should be prepared to look at the promotion of a ’SportsOyster’card
which could give residents free or discounted access to a variety of activities for them to try and
develop as their interest grows.

The Mayor has pledged in his election manifesto and his Cultural Metropolis pre statutory
draft Culture Strategy to explore the possibility of establishing a Culture Card for
London. A sports element is very much part of this process. Currently the Mayor has been
working with London Connects to investigate the best way to take this commitment
forward. London Connects have just commissioned a feasibility study to rationalise all the
options, costs, resources and partners who will need to be involved in rolling this out. The
study is on schedule to be completed by the end of October 2009. The Mayor looks
forward to receiving the recommendations and working with partners to take the best of
them forward.

Recommendation 3

In order to honour the promises made in London’s bid, young athletes with disabilities from every
borough of London will be representing their country in 2012. And non-elite athletes with
disabilities should not be left out but able to enjoy lasting access to a full range of facilities in which to
take part in the sport or physical activity of their choice. Unfortunately the Mayor’s plan does little to
make this vision a reality. We recommend that it should.

We want to increase participation levels in sport all people, including disabled people,
though recognise that particular effort is needed to address the low participation rates in
sport among disabled people.

We worked very closely with the London Sports Forum for Disabled People (LSFDP) in
consultation for ‘A Sporting Future for London’ to identify priorities for sport for disabled
people in the run up to 2012 and beyond. We are in firm agreement that the key to
achieving long term progress is to create cultural change and to promote inclusion. In
order to achieve this, we are committed to a full review of ‘Inclusive and Active’1 and are
working with LSFDP as a priority on this. Progress on this issue will require firm
commitment from others, including the sports National Governing Bodies.

More immediately, we have agreed funding for the Panathlon Challenge which focuses on
the most profoundly disabled children and young people in special schools. This funding
will help support their aim to enable every London Borough and special school the
opportunity to participate in specialised coaching and multi-sport activity in the run up to

Recommendation 4
We welcome the recent publication by London 2012 of its first sustainability guidelines for
corporate and public events. The document contains information on ten aspects of events
management, including choosing a venue, sourcing products and services and energy
consumption. However, concerns have been raised that the carbon management strategy
will come too late to influence key decisions around venue design, energy management and
tourist strategy.

The Carbon Management Strategy will be published as part of the London 2012
Sustainability Plan annual update later this year. The strategy will include details of the
ground breaking work to calculate the carbon footprint, setting out the estimated emissions
associated with constructing the Park, infrastructure and transport and staging the Games.

The ODA has already undertaken a great deal of work to ensure that carbon emissions
associated with the project are lower than they might have been through a series of
measures including:

       Rationalising the Olympic Park Masterplan;
       Better utilisation of existing venues;
       Implementing a set of value engineering measures to streamline venues including
        the stadium, aquatics centre, Multi use sports centre and Velodrome;

1‘Inclusive and Active’ was a joint publication involving the LSFDP and Sport England.

       Implementing programme wide material reuse and recycling measures;
       Investing in sustainable transport.

Many of these measures would not have been achieved if the regeneration scheme had
adopted conventional design and build processes. The importance that all stakeholders have
placed on sustainability has ensured that London 2012 has been able to implement one of
the most environmentally advanced and demanding build programmes ever tried.

Recommendation 5
We welcome the publication of the draft Tourism strategy and the long-term vision that will use the
2012 Games as a spring-board to greater success in drawing in tourists from across the globe. Many
aspects of the plan, however, are underdeveloped. Budgetary implications are lacking, as are detailed
milestones to success. There is concern that, given the experience of other cities that planned long in
advance of actually staging the Games, we are missing the boat. For example, when will there be
signage at Heathrow airport in support of London 2012? We would anticipate greater detail being
set out in the final version of the Plan and clarity as to how exactly we are going to use the
opportunity of staging the Games to brand or possibly re-brand London. We believe that London
should be ambitious. It should position itself to be the global tourist destination for the next decade
and beyond. This vision should not just be decided top-down, but must be shared and shaped by all
delivery partners and in particular by partner bodies working in the diverse communities that make
London the world in one city.

The Tourism Vision for 2006 to 2016 has been endorsed by the Mayor. The latest Tourism
Action Plan for 2009 to 2013 has Measures for Success and targets will be set for each year
of the Action Plan. The Plan includes detailed actions for Year 1 and it states that specific
actions will be updated annually. A number of the actions will now be delivered through the
GLA-led City Operations work streams, in particular the Visitor Experience programme.
At the time of consulting on the Tourism Action Plan, this Group and the scope of its work
was being defined. This has recommended a number of activities some of which will be
developed and/or be funded by the LDA and will feature in the 2010/11 detailed Action
Plan. LDA budgets beyond March 2010 have not been agreed and it was therefore not
possible to incorporate details regarding funding beyond this financial year in the Action

Signage referencing London hosting the 2012 Games is constrained by the LOCOG
sponsorship agreements. BA as a leading sponsor does promote the link with the 2012
Games but can only do that in the departure hall of T5 at LHR. We would support mention
of London as the next host city in the arrivals halls of all Heathrow Terminals and at other
London gateways.

The LDA consulted widely on the Tourism Action Plan and will continue to engage with
the tourism industry as it develops the detail to support the Vision.

A City Marketing Group has been established, chaired by Director of Marketing, Daniel
Ritterband. The purpose of the group is to explore, with key partners (Think, Visit, Film,
Study London, Royal Parks, London Chamber of Commerce, mayor visitor
attractions/museums) the best ways to highlight the cities tourist/business opportunities.
The group will asses the best ways to access existing funds, whilst also considering
additional sponsorship opportunities. The group has already concluded that there needs to

be a central digital portal, so visitors and residents know where to go to receive all relevant
city operations. Work begins on this portal in Oct '09.

Work is also underway on a new brand for London. The purpose of this is to clarify the city
narrative - being explicit in how we talk about our city, industry sectors we wish to
promote and how Londoners talk about themselves. The visual representation of which will
be a common Look & Feel to the London governmental/promotional bodies. The right
visual representation could also create additional revenue to the city - through licensing
and merchandising.


A Fare Decision? The Impact of the Mayor’s Fares Decision

Response to the recommendations of the Budget and Performance Committee as set out in
the Committee’s report A Fare Decision? The Impact of the Mayor’s Fares Decision.

Recommendation 1
We recommend that the Mayor, at the time of announcing his fares decision, publishes Transport for
London’s demand assumptions and sets out how any resulting shortfall in income will be found from
within its budget. The Mayor should set out his rationale for any above-inflation fare increase.

I have made clear my determination to keep fares affordable and competitive in comparison
with other major cities while ensuring we sustain our crucial investment that is boosting
the capacity and reliability of our transport system for passengers. Turbulent economic
times must not be allowed to throw us off this course.

I set fares annually in light of the circumstances of the time and the Committee can be
assured that when I make my announcement I will set out the reasons behind it. It’s always
a very tough decision, particularly now given the impact of the economic downturn on
many Londoners. But as the Budget and Performance Committee’s report recognises, I also
cannot ignore the fact that there are new and very substantial pressures on TfL’s finances.
The fact that many people have lost their jobs or are on a reduced income means that Tube
passenger journeys are down by around 6 per cent, a reduction of 190,000 daily journeys on
last year. This is the sharpest fall for economic reasons in around 20 years. TfL’s income
will therefore be lower than planned. We also need to cope with the continued financial
fallout of the Public Private Partnership, particularly the disastrous collapse of Metronet
and consequences of the deliberate policies of the previous administration which held down
fares below what the TfL budget and the delivery of services actually required.

The implications of all this will be set out in TfL’s Business Plan, which will be published
later this year. However, London can continue to look forward to very significant
improvements in the transport system in the period ahead.

Recommendation 2
With regard to the decision on fares in 2010 we recommend that the Mayor, if not applying the RPI
plus one per cent formula, clearly state his grounds for departure from this position. We further
recommend that if RPI in July 2009 is below minus one per cent, and fares are frozen in 2010, the
difference between minus one per cent and the actual July RPI is reduced from any fare rise in 2011.

RPI plus one per cent is the assumption TfL adopted for the purposes of its business
planning. However, there is no set ‘formula’ by which I decide fare levels. My decision is
based on keeping fares affordable and ensuring the right level of investment to safeguard
the future prosperity of this city and its people. My fares decision for 2010 will be driven by
my overall assessment of our current situation. I will continue to make a decision on TfL’s
fares each year in the light of all the circumstances at the time.

Recommendation 3
We recommend that in his response to this report the Mayor sets out his expectations of the long-term
effects of the recession on TfL’s finances and what combination of further efficiency savings,
deferring or scaling back planned improvements, and fare increases he proposes in the long term to
meet the expected funding shortfall.

As has been extensively reported in recent weeks, TfL is far from immune from the impacts
of the economic downturn. The implications of this will be set out in TfL’s Business Plan,
to be published later this year.

The first priority is focusing relentlessly on cutting further TfL’s own costs.

I have brought about a culture change at TfL to which its management and staff have
responded with vigour. Already we have recognised £2.4 billion in savings and there is a
continuous exercise to cut more costs across the whole organisation so as to deliver the
extensive transport improvements London needs while demonstrating clear value for

This is, of course, a painful but entirely necessary process. Examples of where specific
savings are being made are as follows:

       Jobs at TfL are being removed. Around 1,000 back office and support roles have
        gone at London Underground saving £570 million and several hundred further
        jobs are being cut elsewhere across TfL.
       The numbers of consultants and temporary staff are being cut, saving more than
        £220 million.
       Thousands of staff have been relocated from central London to cheaper premises,
        saving £130 million.
       Office functions are being streamlined – TfL’s customer contact centres are being
        made more efficient, saving £20 million, and efficiencies in IT systems will save
        £400 million.
       Big savings are being made in contract costs – for example, the recent re-letting of
        the Oyster ticketing contract is planned to save £185 million.
       TfL’s marketing, press and research budgets have been reduced by £23 million per
        annum, most of which has been redirected to fund extra policing on the transport

In addition, the pay of senior staff has been frozen and bonuses cut and the pay settlement
for the majority of staff will reflect the economic realities being faced by millions of

As they readily accept, it is incumbent on TfL’s management and staff to demonstrate that
the huge investment of public money in transport is being undertaken with the utmost
rigour and focus on value for money. TfL’s Business Plan will set out the further steps
being taken to cut costs while still delivering extensive transport improvements.

Recommendation 4
We recommend that the Mayor and TfL undertake a review of the fare structure in London and the
system of concessionary fares. They should set a clear timetable for introducing a simplified fare
structure and ensure that this is in place by the end of this Mayoral term in 2012.

In the interim TfL should take steps to ensure that the Journey Planner on their website points to
information on the cheapest fares available for journeys offered. TfL should report back on progress
with amending the Journey Planner by October 2009.

The existing zonal fares structure is a fair and consistent way of deciding on fares for TfL
services in London. I have already introduced concessionary fare schemes for older people,
veterans and people claiming Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance, as well as
reduced fares for those travelling off-peak on the Tube, DLR and London Overground.
These are important measures and I remain committed to keeping them in place.

TfL’s website already includes a ‘Fare Finder’ facility which calculates the price of single
journey fares for Tube, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services. This
also compares the PAYG and the cash fare between any two Tube stations.

As indicated in answers to previous Mayor’s Questions, developing a general fares
calculator would be complicated because to assess accurately the best option for a particular
journey, an individual would need to plot out their travel for the entire week or even

In general, provided travel is restricted to the buses and the Tube, PAYG is always better
value than paying cash or buying a one-day ticket.

Recommendation 5
We recommend that the Mayor launch a formal consultation with Londoners about his fares decision
each year from 2010. The consultation should set out the funds required by TfL to deliver the service
Londoners require and any further improvements and options for meeting these costs through the
fares paid by Londoners. The Mayor should set out in his response to the report whether he is
prepared to undertake such a consultation in future years and, if not, why not.

The GLA Act gives the Mayor responsibility for setting the general level and structure of
fares on TfL’s services. The Act does not require the Mayor to consult in relation to that
decision. I do not propose to alter these arrangements.

I entirely agree, however, that it is important I am open and straightforward with
Londoners about TfL’s finances and the decisions I take on fares. I am happy to receive the

views, at any time, of all stakeholders, including London TravelWatch which represents the
interests of passengers, local authorities and the London Assembly.

Policing and Community Safety
Project Daedalus

Kit Malthouse, my Deputy Mayor for Policing, hosted a visit for Participating Council
Leaders, and Executive Leads for Community Safety to Feltham to view the progress to
date for Project Daedalus at Heron Unit. Officers from partnership agencies, the London
Criminal Justice Board, LDA and Youth Justice Board attended, at met boys on the unit
who recognised the benefits of the enhanced regime and additional staff on the unit. We
were also pleased to invite the Chief Executive and London Regional Director of Rathbone
who have been awarded the LDA ESF co-financing contract to act as Lead Provider for the
Resettlement Broker function, providing additional support for
boys leaving custody. Heron Unit is currently being populated for the operational opening
of the unit on the 29 September. The Mayor and Justice Secretary Jack Smith have agreed
to attend the official opening of the unit on 5 November.

London Week of Peace

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, presented an award and spoke on my behalf at the
LWOP Peace Awards Dinner on 23 September, at the Renaissance Chancery Court
Hotel. The Londoners (Mayor’s) Peace Award was given to Alexander Rose for the most
outstanding contribution to his community following the stabbing to death of his friend.

I provided financial and logistical support to the London Week of Peace (LWOP) activities
that took place during 21 to 27 September. London Week of Peace promotes community
safety and peace initiatives, offering Londoners a chance to play their part in making our
city safer and more peaceful. This year's theme of Unity highlights its contribution to a
more cohesive society. All London's 33 boroughs were engaged in a wide range of
community events including school peace assemblies, sporting activities, a peace debate, a
concert and talent quest and peace service.

London Fraud Forum Conference 2009

On 30 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, gave the keynote speech at the
London Fraud Forum Conference 2009 at 1 Great George Street in Westminster.

The aim of the London Fraud Forum is to bring together businesses and organisations
from both the public and private sectors to combine forces to tackle the growing threat
from fraud by sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences. The conference focused on many
of the key issues facing all practitioners from across the whole spectrum of the anti fraud
community, providing important updates on the latest developments and trends in existing
frauds, and what new types of fraud are becoming more prevalent.

Approximately 250 people attended the conference and Richard spoke of the Mayor’s views
on fraud in London and how to help combat it.

Time for Action

Following on from the original call to partners, and subsequent consultation response, this
month I released an update report on Time for Action. The update report maps out the
progress made against our plans over the past year, and though it is a long-term strategy,
points towards some early successes that we have achieved. I am grateful for the dedication
and experience that our coalition of partners have brought to the plans and look forward to
our continued work over the coming year.

Project Daedalus has so far secured us a new wing (the Heron Unit) in Feltham Young
Offenders Institute, supported by a new triage system for the young men entering Feltham.
We have recruited additional staff to support the young men both when they are in custody
and after release. There are now 23 young men in the Unit. We have now agreed a
programme of action to deliver Project Brodie, following consultation with our
partners. The London Children and Young Person's Partnership has agreed to act as our
steering group, and a multi-agency delivery team has started to take the work
forward. We have carried out extensive research to develop the specifications for Project
Oracle, which will help to understand, establish and share what really works to address
youth violence in London. A multi-agency board is taking this work forward, and will be
moving to procurement shortly.

For further details I commend the update report to you, which is available online at:


On 20 September I attended Skyride London. The mass participation bike ride which is
organised by my Events for London team attracted some 65,000 registered riders who
along with me completed the 15km traffic free route. Joining me at the this event were
model and actress Kelly Brook, Olympic Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and TV presenter Gethin
Jones - all of whom were invited by event sponsor Sky.

The Skyride event (formally Freewheel), saw riders cycle into central London from 54
outer borough led rides. Skyride was a part of a national roll out of the event, after Sky took
the successful London event concept staged last year to Manchester, Glasgow and
Leicester, plus Hounslow, which took place in early August.

Launch of the ‘Earn Your Travel Back’ Initiative

I joined one of the first groups of young people to earn back free travel on 27 August to
launch ‘Earn your travel back’ (previously called ‘Payback London’) at the London Wildlife
Trust in Dulwich. I made a commitment to set up an initiative that allows young people
who lose their free travel, due to bad behaviour, an opportunity to earn it back through
volunteering for environmental conservation work. The initiative is open to all young
people who break the Transport for London Behaviour Code and the consequent
volunteering sessions will take place across the capital from mid September.

Participants in the scheme will not only benefit from social development, as they will have
contributed to their local community, but will have also been introduced to future
volunteering opportunities.

All young people over the age of 11 are required to have a Zip photocard to travel for free on
London’s buses and trams are eligible to take part. However, the scheme will not be open to
those that have had their free travel withdrawn as a result of criminal behaviour.

Earn Your Travel Back is delivered by v (the National Young Volunteers Service) who will
arrange for young people to take part in a day’s work for either the London Wildlife Trust
(LWT) or BTCV (formerly the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers).

Giant eye warns drug drivers to stay away from the wheel

From 9 September as part of Transport for London’s campaign to tackle drug-driving, the
pupils of giant eyes are appearing on the back of ten buses on routes across the capital. The
ads are part of the latest TfL/THINK! anti-drug driving campaign ‘Your Eyes Will Give
You Away’ which also includes a new national television commercial.

The bus and TV ads emphasise the involuntary effect that drugs have on the eyes as one of
a number of effects that can be spotted by the Police. Anyone convicted of driving while
unfit through drugs will get a minimum 12 months driving ban, a criminal record and a fine
of up to £5000.

Tube Map

In the light of public reaction to the removal of the river Thames from the Tube map, I can
confirm that new maps showing the Thames will be reintroduced from December, the date
of the next scheduled revision of the map. Further consideration is also being given to the
provision of zonal information.

Next set of bendy buses leave London

On 28 August, bendy buses operated their last services on Route 521 between Waterloo
and London Bridge. From 1 September, Route 521 operated with new, shorter,
environmentally friendly single deck buses running an improved peak time service.

This is the second of twelve routes to have its bendy buses replaced following the
conversion in July of Route 507. Route 38 is next to be converted later this year, with the
remaining nine more routes on schedule to be converted by the end of 2011.

Tightening guidelines for licensing taxi and private hire drivers

On 24 September, plans were announced to tighten the guidelines for licensing taxi and
private hire drivers in the Capital. In future, taxi and private hire licences will not be
granted to applicants who have been convicted for serious or violent offences, unless there
are exceptional mitigating circumstances.

This clarification comes as a result of recent public interest in the case of an individual with
a conviction for manslaughter who was licensed as a private hire driver and accepted on to
the Knowledge of London programme. As a result of concerns raised about this case, TfL’s
Public Carriage Office (PCO) ordered a full review of the licensing decision. That review is

now complete and has concluded that insufficient weight was given to the applicant’s
criminal history when a decision to grant them a private hire licence was made. As a result,
the individual’s private hire licence is being revoked, and they will not continue to study the

The PCO has a long established, robust process in place for vetting would-be taxi or
private hire drivers in London. Anyone with a history of violence would not have been
licensed until they had a clean record for a minimum of three years, more if the original
offence was of a serious nature, if it was racially motivated or if the individual had more
than one conviction for a violent offence. The Licensing Authority made decisions on a
case-by-case basis, in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. The change in
guidelines aims to make the licensing decision more robust when considering individuals
with criminal histories.

The PCO is also carrying out a wider review of the licensing guidelines, and will use a
panel of experts to advise on difficult cases in future. The panel will include experts in the
fields of criminal justice as well as senior representatives from the PCO.

Give motorcyclists a second thought

On 14 September Transport for London launched its latest campaign to cut the number of
motorcyclists killed or injured on London’s roads.

The latest TV advert will be running throughout the autumn, timed to coincide with the
return to work of thousands of Londoners and an historical rise in the number of casualties
among motorbike and scooter riders.

The TV ads created by renowned designer Peter Saville highlight an optical effect that
psychologists believe could put motorcyclists at risk and the campaign urges drivers to
‘give motorcyclists a second thought’, particularly when making right turns.

The optical effect is caused by the way the brain assesses approaching objects, potentially
causing drivers to underestimate the time that small vehicles take to reach them, creating a
greater risk of collision when pulling out in front of approaching motorcycles.

Riders commuting to work are a vulnerable group as the majority of casualties occur in the
morning or evening. Last year there were 4,890 collisions in Greater London involving
motorcycles and/or scooters with other road users. Some 848 of these collisions resulted in
a death or serious injury of which 94 per cent occurred on roads subject to a 30mph speed

Encouraging the use of bikes, whether they are the powered or pedal variety, is important
to reduce congestion and keep London moving. This campaign will encourage more
considerate riding and make the roads safer for any Londoner wishing to make the switch
to two wheels.

TfL brings ‘dig-fest’ to the Capital’s streets

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Transport for London teamed up with a number
of different utility companies to complete a series of works within 72hrs on Commercial
Street, E1. These works would have otherwise resulted in up to three months of road
closures and disruptions.

The effort was part of the ongoing commitment to smooth traffic flow in the Capital and
encourage companies to work together when they carry out works instead of disrupting
traffic through repeated closures

More than 100 different sets of works took place along the one kilometre northbound
stretch of Commercial Street over the weekend by utilities companies including Verizon,
National Grid, Thames Water, EDF, Colt and BT. TfL used the time to carry out highway
maintenance while the northbound carriageway was closed, with the southbound traffic
continuing to use Commercial Street.

Utilities companies sometimes need to dig up London’s streets to carry out their necessary
works, but we know that it can be frustrating for Londoners when a road is closed and dug
up repeatedly. That’s why coordinating dig-fests like these are encouraged and cut down on
unnecessary jams. When the London Permit Scheme in place it will be much easier to
properly manage road works, cutting the number of road closures and reducing frustration
for people in the Capital.

Pink Oyster Route Validators at selected stations

On 6 September Transport for London announced that Oyster pay as you go customers
could enjoy cheaper fares by touching in mid way through their journeys at nine key
London Overground and Tube stations, dependent on the route they take.

Oyster pay as you go passengers must touch their Oyster cards on the new pink Oyster
Route Validators when they change between services at Gospel Oak, Gunnersbury,
Highbury & Islington, Kensington Olympia, Rayners Lane, Stratford, West Brompton,
Willesden Junction and Blackhorse Road.

The introduction of these new validators means that the Oyster system will be able to
identify when passengers have avoided travelling through Zone 1 for those journeys where
there are several different choices of route. This means that passengers who use the new
readers, and touch in and out at the start and end of their journeys, will show that they
have avoided Zone 1, and will be charged the appropriate fare.

The improvement is part of a £40m upgrade of Oyster that will enable the roll out of pay
as you go on National Rail services in London from January 2010.

TfL agrees £1bn loan for Crossrail

On 8 September TfL announced that it had agreed a £1bn loan with the European
Investment Bank to finance part of its contribution to build Crossrail.

This agreement marks a further significant milestone in the delivery of what is Europe’s
biggest construction project and the support of EIB provides international recognition of
Crossrail to the London and UK economy.

This is one of the largest loans ever secured for a transport project which will provide
London with the additional transport infrastructure to ensure London remains one of the
world’s leading cities.

Upgrade of Jubilee Line

The London Underground (LU) PPP Report made clear the diminishing confidence TfL
has in the ability of Tube Lines and its’ key shareholder and contractor Bechtel to deliver
the upgrade of the Jubilee line by the contractual date, the end of December this year, these
delays are in my opinion completely unacceptable.

I have called on Tube Lines and Bechtel to undertake an independent review of their
programme, in order to give TfL confidence in a clear and credible plan to deliver the
upgrade as soon as possible.

When delivered, the upgrade of the Jubilee line will mean more frequent and reliable Tube
services for Londoners. Excellent progress has been made with London Underground’s
programme of improvements, but if Londoners are to benefit from a better more reliable
Jubilee Line, then Tube Lines must get its act together.

TfL calls on PPP Arbiter to set a fair price for Tube Lines contract

Transport for London has asked the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Arbiter to set a fair
price for the works to improve the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines on behalf of
London’s fare payers and taxpayers, as London Underground (LU) referred the issue to the
PPP Arbiter.

Tube Lines responded to LU’s Restated Contract Terms, which set the scope of the
improvement works, in June this year. Since then, LU and Tube Lines have made good
progress on determining this future work programme and in reducing some of their costs.
However, Tube Lines’ costs remain unacceptably high in some areas. Constructive
discussions with Tube Lines will continue alongside the PPP Arbiter process.

Better bus information on the way

On 3 September Transport for London announced that within the next two years,
Londoners will be able to find out exactly when their next bus is due by using their mobile
phone or the internet. Brand new Countdown signs will also provide bus arrival time
predictions at 2,500 key stops across the Capital.

Once the new system is in place Londoners will be able to access via the internet up to the
minute information about London’s buses as they work their way around the Capital, and
will be able to find out exactly when their bus is due to arrive at their stop even before they
have stepped outside their own front door.

Three contracts to develop and deliver these improvements have been awarded to telent,
ACIS and Trueform. Mobile and web information should be available by the beginning of
2011, and the roll out of new Countdown signs will begin a few months later.

Ten rail stations to be managed by TfL

On 15 September Transport for London announced London Overground is to take control
of ten stations between Surrey Quays and West Croydon in preparation for the completion
of the new East London line.

From Sunday 20 September in New Cross Gate, Brockley, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill,
Sydenham, Crystal Palace, Penge, West Anerley, Norwood Junction, and West Croydon,
started to be run by TfL, bringing a host of benefits to passengers as they are brought up to
TfL standards. Improvements include the installation of Oyster readers at ticket gatelines,
a higher level of staff presence, longer station operating hours and, from Spring 2010 when
the East London Line reopens, a more frequent train service.

PPP Annual Report

On 25 August London Underground issued its Annual Report covering Tube performance
under the PPP structure for the financial year 2008/09. It demonstrates an improved
performance for Tube customers on many measures and records good progress by Tube
Lines in other areas, such as station renewal and particularly improved reliability on the
Northern line. It also shows improved performance by LU on virtually all performance
measures on the former Metronet-maintained lines. Such performance enabled LU to carry
more passengers last year than ever before, over 1.1bn, and achieve record customer

Urgent utility works in Victoria

The right-turn junction from Bressenden Place into Victoria Street in Westminster is
closed for up to eight weeks (from 21 September) while Openreach, a BT business, carries
out essential maintenance works.

During this period, two traffic diversions will be in place for vehicles wishing to use the
southbound Congestion Charge Free Through Route:

Drivers using the Congestion Charge Free Through Route who follow one of the clearly
signposted diversion routes will not need to pay the Charge. However, drivers who deviate
from the diversion routes will need to pay the Congestion Charge or risk receiving a
Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). Drivers wishing to use the northbound Congestion Charge
Free Through Route will not be affected by the works on Victoria Street.

In addition, buses travelling westbound on route 507 (towards Victoria) will also be placed
on diversion to help reduce congestion along Victoria Street while the works are taking

Transport for London (TfL) is working closely with Openreach and with Westminster
Council to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum, and is keeping motorists informed
of closures and diversions through roadside message boards and local radio broadcasts.

Wanstead station re-opens

On 31 August the Wanstead London Underground station re-opened to passenger use
following the completion of major structural works.

The station is being modernised as part of the London Underground Investment
Programme. When complete customers will benefit from improved security and customer
service information including a new state-of-the-art station control room, upgrading the
existing CCTV system, improved PA system, Help Points and electronic information

While the station was completely closed major structural works, including the demolition
of a large concrete slab which overhung the top of the station escalators, was undertaken.

The station is still undergoing a period of works which means the station is undergoing a
period of early closing until Monday 12 October while works continue.

Plans approved for new ticket hall at Farringdon Station

On 9 September Islington Council approved plans for a new integrated ticket hall at
Farringdon Station.

By 2017, Farringdon will have been transformed into one of the most important transport
hubs in central London. Served by Thameslink, Crossrail and Tube services, passengers
will benefit from the ability to make north-south and east-west journeys across London.
Passengers will benefit from better connections across London and the south east as well as
to European destinations from St Pancras International. Uniquely, four of the capital's

major airports will become accessible directly from Farringdon as they sit on either the
Thameslink or Crossrail routes.

Boost for West London as new Imperial Wharf station opens

The £7.8 million Imperial Wharf station in the new Imperial Wharf development provides
residents in Hammersmith and Fulham, Chelsea, and West Brompton with high frequency
rail connections to the major transport interchanges of Clapham Junction and Willesden

The station, partially funded by Transport for London (TfL), features Oyster ticketing, a
staffed ticket office, step-free access, CCTV, and the latest security and information
features. It is served by London Overground's new air-conditioned trains, which have
increased capacity, walk-through carriages and driver-monitored CCTV for improved

From 2011, it will be served by four London Underground trains per hour all day, every
day. Southern trains also call at the station.

River Branding

I have directed the LDA and TfL to work collaborately to deliver suitable enhanced river
branding for London and agreed the transfer of funds of £30,000 from the LDA to TfL in
order to achieve this.

Congestion Charging

I have considered and confirmed The Greater London (Central Zone) Congestion Charging
(Variation) Order 2009.

Economic and Business Policy
LDA Business Seminars

The LDA is continuing to support SMEs in the capital with their free business seminars.
The online and face-to face business sessions for SMEs, are delivered by experienced
professionals from accountancy firms Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The LDA has called upon their expertise to support
London’s entrepreneurs during these tough economic times as part of its Keeping London
Working campaign to support small businesses and job seekers under my Economic
Recovery Action Plan. SMEs underpin the success of our economy, proving that London is
a world class city in which to do business and buy services.

More information on Fit for Future seminars and to register.

EU Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers

On 2 September, I visited Brussels to lobby the EU institutions on the proposed Directive
on Alternative Investment Fund Managers. As currently drafted this Directive, which
includes hedge funds and private equity as well as a range of other investments, is of great

concern to the City because of the disproportionately burdensome obligations proposed. I
met a number of UK MEPs as well as the rapporteur (lead MEP) on the Directive, Jean-Paul
Gauzès and the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Charlie
McCreevy. Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of
London, accompanied me to the meetings and I will be working with the City to press for
substantial amendments to the text of the Directive as it is negotiated.

Promoting London as business capital of the world

On 11 September, I embarked on my first official trip to New York to herald the
achievements of Londoners overseas and to encourage New Yorkers to fly East to the next
Olympic city, and share their talents and knowledge.

My packed itinerary saw me attending and speaking at a series of financial meetings,
hosting creative industry events at the height of New York Fashion Week, and launching
tourism promotion initiatives to increase American visits to London. I also had the
privilege of ringing both the opening bell at NASDAQ and the closing bell at the New
York Stock Exchange, as I called on high tech and cutting-edge American industries to
locate in London, the top global destination for digital innovation.

Throughout my stay I promoted the Capital as the top choice for business and leisure, as
well as outlining my vision of making London the business capital of the world, by creating
a global centre for excellence across a range of sectors including high-tech, medical services
and creative industries.

Tourism agreement with New York

On 15 September, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and I announced a two-year
tourism agreement between New York City and London to boost travel between the two

The cities will provide each other with outdoor media advertising space and NYC &
Company and Visit London – their respective tourism arms – will share best practices as a
way to maximise travel between the two destinations and will assist each other with at least
one publicity event in each city.

We made the announcement during an international conference at Columbia University
where the we met to discuss our financial sectors, the diversification of our economies,
building and maintaining our capital plants and expanding housing affordability. Visit
London CEO Sally Chatterejee and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, and Columbia
University President Lee Bollinger joined us for the announcement.

London Fashion Week

On 18 September, I was delighted to open London Fashion Week, as the event celebrated
its 25th year with the return of high profile British designers such as Burberry, Pringle and
Matthew Williamson, and has continued to demonstrate to that London plays host to some
of the world's best designer talent.

The LDA supports the British Fashion Council in recognition of the importance of designer
businesses and its international showcase, London Fashion Week, on the London
economy. The LDA funding is seeking to achieve two objectives: to support new and

emerging designers based in London, many of whom have come from London's world class
fashion colleges, to develop thriving, sustainable businesses that contribute to the economy
of London; and to contribute to showcasing and promotion of London Fashion Week

I also promoted the successes of the LDA funding including the international buyer
programme which to date has yielded a 30 fold rate of return on investment and Fashion
Forward which provides support and mentoring to help emerging designers consolidate
and grow their businesses. This season's Fashion Forward winners' (Christopher Kane,
Erdem and Marios Schwab) shows have received critical acclaim with guests such as
Donatella Versace and Anna Wintour attending. The LDA is also delighted to have
supported the feasibility study which has enabled London Fashion Week to find a new
home at Somerset House.

London Design Festival

The seventh London Design Festival, supported by the LDA, took place between 19 and 27
September. The event is an international showcase for London's creative community
providing insight into talent, skill and potential contribution to business and exports that
attracts significant numbers of international visitors to the city.

The Festival is defined this year by three key projects beyond the usual spread of activity
across the city – public installations in Trafalgar Square and Southbank Centre alongside a
new residency and headquarters at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

London Business Advisory Council Meeting

On 8 September I chaired a meeting of the London Business Advisory Council. Issues
discussed included the current state of the London economy and the Crossrail Business
Rates Supplement.

Canon Headquarters

On 22 September I officially opened Canon’s new strategic headquarters for Europe, Middle
East & Africa, located in Stockley Park. Canon is consolidating some of its UK functions
and moving key departments to London from the Netherlands, safeguarding nearly 300
jobs, and creating over 200 new jobs in the first year.

London rated top global financial centre

On 22 September, the city was once again rated the top global financial centre in a new
The Global Financial Services Index of international financial professionals, published by
the City of London, shows that despite the current tough economic times, seeing many
cities sliding back in the rankings, London is still ahead of arch rival New York with Hong
Kong and Singapore and Zurich trailing in the distance.

Child Affordability Programme

I have approved an investment of £12 million from the LDA, for two pilots under the new
phase of the Child Affordability Programme (CAP09) from 2009 to 2011, to support
parents with access to affordable childcare to enable then to enter and sustain employment.

I have approved the receipt of £2.5 million from DCSF for the continuation of funding to
3,500 low income parents receiving childcare subsidy under the 2005-09 Childcare
Affordability Programme (CAP05) until the end of December 2009, so that they can remain
in employment.

Plans to protect London's water supplies

The average Londoner uses nearly 160 litres of water a day - saving just 10 per cent of this
total, through easy measures, would fill an incredible 48 Olympic-sized swimming pools
every day. With rising population, climate change and leaky Victorian pipes all putting
pressure on our supply, I set out my plans on 28 August to ensure our water resources for
generations to come.

My draft water strategy outlines the many challenges that London faces: our population is
expected to rise from 7.56m to 9.11 million by 2031, we face hotter summers due to climate
change and our Victorian sewers overflow due to heavy rain, sending sewage gushing into
the Thames up to 60 times each year.

Proposals in my draft water strategy include:

      Wasting less water – encouraging water companies to fix leaky pipes and helping
       Londoners to become more water efficient through a London wide homes energy
       efficiency programme set to launch next year.
      Supporting the building of the Thames Tideway tunnel under the Thames and the
       river Lee to greatly reduce discharges of sewage into the river and improve the
       quality of the water in the River Thames.
      I will work with Thames Water and other partners to identify ways to use sewage
       to provide renewable energy and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
      We need to make our new homes as water efficient as possible. I believe that all new
       homes should meet Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes by 2012 and Level 6
       by 2016. I will also encourage rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and
       sustainable drainage through planning policies in the new London Plan.
      We need to greatly increase the water efficiency of our existing homes and I want to
       support water companies to introduce compulsory water metering in the capital.
      I will encourage the utility companies to improve the public’s awareness of how to
       become more water efficient.

Over a quarter of our carbon emissions from our homes come from water use and so not only do
we need to save the supplies we have, but being more water efficient will help cut our
contribution to climate change in the future. I will be working with key partners such as the
Environment Agency and Thames Water to address these challenges.

BBP & Green500 Event

On 9 September over one hundred business representatives met to discuss how they can
help stem climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from commercial properties
in London.The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) and Green500 event brought together
for the first time some of London's most prominent owners and occupiers to develop
sustainability solutions to the commercial property market.

Commercial property owners have an important role to play in reducing CO2 emissions
from their buildings - as the commercial building stock in London is responsible for a third
of London’s CO2 emissions. The landlords and occupiers looked at the different strategies
they can use to agree carbon reduction strategies which best fit with the circumstances of

individual properties. They also examined the financing available to fund the retrofitting of
existing commercial properties - the

10 low carbon neighbourhoods announced

Speaking at the London Congress, a meeting with the capital’s 33 boroughs at the
Guildhall, I announced the 10 successful boroughs which have won funding to become 'low
carbon zones'.

They are: Barking Town Centre (Barking and Dagenham), Muswell Hill (Haringey),
Archway (Islington), Brixton (Lambeth), Lewisham Town Centre (Lewisham), Wandle
Valley (Merton), Ham and Petersham (Richmond upon Thames), Peckham (Southwark),
Hackbridge ( Sutton) Queen’s Park (Westminster).

Each of the winning boroughs will be awarded at least £200,000 to pioneer energy –
busting measures in their low carbon zones, such as energy ‘doctors’ and loans for solar
panels. I want to make London a low carbon city, boosting ‘green collar’ jobs and helping
to lower energy bills by becoming more energy efficient. These zones will showcase exactly
how London can become a leading low carbon city by using a wide range of measures to
help people cut carbon and by reducing the emissions of some of London's older buildings,
which have generally been more difficult to make energy efficient.

The zones have a target to deliver 20.12 per cent of carbon emissions savings by 2012 and
are bringing together local authorities, community organisations, residents, businesses and
utilities to work in partnership in a targeted geographic area. I will also be helping
Londoners to become more energy efficient through a London-wide homes energy
efficiency programme set to launch next year.

London Heat Map

I have approved a variation to the existing contract the LA has with the Centre for
Sustainable Energy (CSE) for the production of a London Heat Map to carry out a detailed
Energy Master Plan in the borough of Westminster.

I have also approved an exemption from the requirement to conduct an advertised tender
exercise for the services on the permitted grounds of compatibility with an existing service
under section 16.7 of the Contracts Code of Practice.

I have approved the additional expenditure of £20,000 to undertake a more detailed
Energy Master Plan in the borough of Westminster. As well as approving the receipt of
£20,000 from the LDA to reimburse the GLA for this expenditure through a grant funding

Children and Young People
Your London, Your Say – Consultation Meeting with Young Londoners

On 17 September, at the Indigo2 in Greenwich, I held a special consultation meeting with
young Londoners, providing an opportunity to debate specific issues of relevance to them
and to hear from those responsible for shaping London’s legacy. It also fulfils one of my

manifesto commitments to provide Londoners with more opportunities to question me and
have their views heard.

I was joined on the panel by Pamela Chesters, Mayoral Advisor on Health and Youth
Opportunities, James Cleverly, Ambassador for Youth, Munira Mirza, Mayoral Advisor on
Arts and Culture, Isabel Dedring, Mayoral Advisor on the Environment, Tim Campbell,
founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, Ashley Banjo, choreographer and musical director of
Diversity and Elvige Pouli, a member of the GLA Peer Outreach Team. Len Duvall AM
chaired the meeting. The event was attended by over 600 young people representing a
wide-cross section of London’s population.

Community Work Pilots

Throughout August and September, Community Work Pilots, have been ongoing to
provide support for London’s school leavers this summer. With evidence clearly
demonstrating that periods of unemployment can have grave scarring consequences on
young people, this project piloted the funding of programmes aimed at this target group.

The Boroughs of Enfield, Camden, and Barking & Dagenham received a total of £142,000
of LDA funding to run summer activities which helped school leavers (primarily NEET 16-
18-year-olds) undertake a programme of volunteering activities. For example, one group of
NEET young people worked to set up an online radio station in Camden, and in Barking &
Dagenham a group participated in a summer volunteering scheme which included a range
of confidence building activities.

The important element of this pilot was the ‘in-project’ support which all participants
received which helped identify future opportunities such as employment and further
education, and how to develop these options further.

Young Londoners Survey

On 17 September I announced the results of the Young Londoners Survey. The survey was
carried out by ICM research on behalf of the GLA and interviewed a representative sample
of 1025 Londoners aged between 11 and 16 years olds about a number of issues relating to
Mayoral policy including the Olympics, environment, crime, transport, education and

This research paints a predominantly positive picture of how young Londoners view their
lives in London in 2009. While areas of concern and challenges remain, the survey shows
improvements since similar research was undertaken in 2004.

Positive trends include an increasing number of young Londoners satisfied with their local
neighbourhood, and feeling safe there; more of them playing sport, using libraries,
homework clubs or other educational activities and using London’s parks, open spaces and
nature reserves. Young Londoners are more likely to have taken part in a consultation
than in 2004 and feel more able to influence decisions within their school than they did
then. Furthermore over half (55%) have engaged in positive activities to influence change
and there is strong support for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with 84%
agreeing that the Games will be good for London.

However, the survey also raises a number of areas of concern. There remain a significant
number of young Londoners that have fallen victim to crime; issues with provision of

facilities such as youth clubs and opportunities for young people to engage in their
communities and influence decisions; and cases of inconsistent experiences across social,
ethnic and geographic groups.

Centre of the Cell Launch

On 3 September the the Centre of the Cell opened. This is an interactive science learning
centre housed within the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science part of Barts and The
London School of Medicine and Dentistry in Whitechapel, east London.

Aimed at 9 to 16 year olds the centre will stimulate interest in cell biology amongst school
children. All of the scientific content within the Centre of the Cell is based on the cutting
edge medical research going on at Queen Mary and its Medical School. The LDA has been
a key funder of the project, providing just under £700,000 to support feasibility and
business planning works and also to support of the centre’s continual professional
development work with local science teachers. The project has also leveraged £3,188,153
if funding to date.

The project contributes to the mayor's priorities around supporting young Londoners, and
increasing the range of new opportunities available for young people to gain new skills and
raise their aspirations. The Centre of the Cell will inspire the next generation of scientists.

Children and Young People’s Unit Engagement Programme

I have agreed to continue the innovative work already being delivered by the GLA Peer
Outreach Workers' team regarding the inspection of health provision by young people as
part of the "Your Welcome" project funded through external income from the Department
of Health (£20k).

Responding to findings from the pilot "Young Inspectors" project led by the GLA Peer
Outreach Workers' team, I have agreed to work with boroughs and the voluntary sector to
improve the involvement of disabled young Londoners in activities and decision-making.
This will be funded through the Children and Young Peoples Unit (CYPU) engagement
budget for project coordination (£6k).

I have agreed to work with Youth Offending teams and young offenders to look at why
offending happens and how re-offending could be reduced. The GLA Peer Outreach
Worker's team will capture this by making a documentary and this will be funded through
the CYPU engagement budget (5k) for equipment, crew and editing.

I have agreed to continue to engage with the younger age group (7-15 years old) through
the work of the "Lynk up Crew" (my young advisors) at City Hall, with funding from the
CYPU engagement budget (3k). As well as continuing to use the GLA Peer Outreach
Workers' team to deliver youth led projects/workshops across London and particularly
with the Functional Bodies, with funding from the CYPU engagement budget (£38k).

I will also continue with the GLA Peer Outreach Workers' team role in "Dare London", a
youth partnership board with London Youth and Summer University, which will be funded
through the CYPU programme budget (20k).

I have agreed to take on a young (16 to 24) Youth Participation Apprentice to support
delivery of all the above activities and my apprenticeship programme, to be funded through
the CYPU programme budget (20k).

In addition, I have agreed to deliver a programme of good practice and innovation
seminars, in line with the Youth Offer seminars, to be funded through the CYPU
programme budget (£20k). Furthermore, I have agreed to maintain and update the
technical and content aspects of the Young London website for GLA group wide
engagement with young Londoners with funding from the CYPU programme budget

Finally, I have approved a virement of £121,000 from the 2009/10 Centralised Programme
budget (CYPU allocation) to the 2009/10 CYPU programme budget.

Visit of Vice Mayor of Stockholm

On 10 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, hosted a visit to City Hall by Ms
Ewa Samuelsson, the Vice Mayor of Stockholm.

The delegation from Stockholm wished to discuss the Mayor’s work on older people,
integration and community safety.

Hon Rodney Hide MP, New Zealand

On 24 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, hosted a visit to City Hall by Hon
Rodney Hide MP, the Minister of Local Government and Regulatory Reform and Associate
Minister of Commerce, New Zealand.

Minister Hide has been a champion of the Auckland ‘supercity’ project, which is the
amalgamation of councils across the Auckland region into one single tier. The minister was
keen to learn about and discuss the work of the Mayor and the GLA.

Hanoi City Council

On 29 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, hosted a visit to City Hall by the
Chairman of Hanoi City Council, Madame Thi Doan Thanh Ngo.

She was particularly interested in the working and structure of the Mayor’s Office and the
GLA and the relationship with the Borough Councils of the capital.

Social Inclusion and Health
The London Health Inequalities Strategy’

On 24 September, I launched ‘The London Health Inequalities Strategy’ for public
consultation and I called on the boroughs to join me in adopting a pan London approach to
childhood obesity, by promoting physical exercise and healthy eating. I hope, in the run up

to 2012, a strong joint approach will help get fitness levels up and empower challenges to
fast food companies and advertisers who deliberately target youngsters with unhealthy and
fattening snacks.

Key recommendations from ‘The London Health Inequalities Strategy’ include:

      Economy: Tackling family poverty and unemployment, and promote healthy,
       productive workplaces
      Improving debt management and benefit entitlement take up
      Sports: Championing sports and physical exercise and activities which build young
       people’s self confidence, e.g. the scouts and cadets
      Campaigns to encourage Londoners to enjoy parks and green spaces
      Partnership: Working with boroughs, health agencies and NHS London to ensure
       equitable access to services and a fair share of resources for London’s health
      Promoting volunteering across London
      Empowering individuals to choose healthier lifestyles, providing information and

Disability Capital Conference 2009

On 25 September, my annual Deaf and disability equality conference, Disability
Capital, took place at Excel London.

The conference was hosted by my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes and included a number of
speakers such as senior representatives from the London Development Agency (LDA),
Transport for London (TfL), London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and London Skills and Employment Board (LSEB),

During the day a number of sessions took place with themes such as:
Equal Life Chances for All, The Mayor’s Disability framework; Accessible London, Getting
ready for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Game and Citywide initiatives; Skills and
Employment; Arts and Culture; Accessible Transport and Sport

The conference was fully subscribed with more than 500 delegates attending including deaf
and disabled people from all walks of life. Disability Capital was organised by my External
Affairs directorate in association with F2F Events and sponsored by Adecco, Transport for
London and Bankers Benevolent Fund.

Call for greater understanding of Muslim communities

On 4 September, I called for greater tolerance and understanding of Islam and Muslim
communities during a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.

Harmony and cohesion between all Londoners is vital to the success of the capital and there
is more that unites Islam and Muslims with other major world religions and with non-
Muslims than divides or separates them. In common with many other religions, such as
Christianity, Islam teaches that there is only one true God. There are also shared beliefs
about societal values and a basic moral code of behaviour.

London Health Commission (LHC) Projects

I have approved the GLA's entry into a grant funding agreement with the Department of
Work and Pensions ("DWP") for the grant to the GLA of £55,000 under European Social
Technical Assistance programme for use in the LHC's "Health as a cross cutting theme in
London ESF" project. I have also approved the GLA's receipt of £25,000 funding from the

In addition, I have approved the re-allocation of income (£20,000) received by the GLA
Economic Development Team (from the LDA) to the LHC budget.

Finally, I have approved use of the above noted funds in the LHC project: "Health as a
cross-cutting theme in ESF", including the procurement and award of contracts for service
to the bidders submitting the most economically advantageous quotations (during
2009/10/11) for:

      Project management services (up to £35,000);

      Training Workshop services for the training of ESF provider organisations (up to

      Services required to deliver tailored support packages to ESF provide organisations
       (up to £20,000); and

      Services required for the evaluation of the project (up to £18,000).

Meeting of Somali organisations

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, hosted a meeting of London Somali organisations at
City Hall on 2 September.

Some 15 different community based organisations met with the Deputy Mayor to discuss
issues and matters related to the Somali community. These included health, education,
employment, youth crime, youth matters and the liaison between the wider Somali
community and the Mayor.

The Deputy Mayor thanked community representatives for coming to City Hall and
indicated that he hoped the relationship between the Mayor and the London Somali
community would continue to strengthen.

Meeting of Disabled and Deaf Stakeholder Organisations

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, chaired a meeting of Disabled and Deaf Stakeholder
Organisations at City Hall on 7 September.

The meeting included an overview of the Mayoral Housing Strategy, the work of the
GLA’s Children and Young People’s Unit and a discussion on hate crime and disabled

Muslim Aid’s Annual Iftar Dinner

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, was invited by Sir Iqbal Sacranie to attend and speak
at the Muslim Aid’s Annual Iftar Dinner in Whitechapel on 9 September.

The Deputy Mayor spoke briefly in support of the Friends of Muslim Aid initiative that
Muslim Aid will be launching later this year to help combat global poverty.

Somali Youth Dinner

On 10 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended a Somalian youth dinner in

The dinner honoured PC Don McCulloch (Communities Together Strategic Engagement
Team) for his work with Somali youth and the Deputy Mayor spoke on behalf of the Mayor
in praise of the work he has done in this area. Senior representatives of the MPS also
attended as well as the London Somali Youth Forum Ambassadors.

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
US companies wanted for London's Olympic Park

On 16 September, speaking at a reception for Think London’s ‘Route to 2012’ business road
show in New York, I urged US companies to come to London and take full advantage of the
fantastic business investment opportunities developing at London’s Olympic Park.

With the Olympic and Paralympics Games less than three years away, US companies still
have the opportunity to bid for millions of pounds worth of contracts by registering with
CompeteFor, a unique business brokerage service for contracts associated with the London
2012 Games. These contracts run across many different sectors including catering, logistics
and the construction of venue 'overlay', including the digital screen that will wrap around
the outside of the main stadium.

They are also being invited to invest now in the business legacy of the Games. London is
the first host city to have set up a dedicated legacy company, headed by Andrew Altman,
former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia. Work has already begun to transform the Park, post
Games, into a thriving new business district with world-class transport links and 10,000
new homes.

Olympic Park Legacy
Olympic Park Legacy Company

I have increased the number of non-executive directors of the Olympic Park Legacy
Company Board from six to nine. I have amended the OPLC articles of association and
Members' agreement to reflect the above and approved the appointment of the nine
proposed OPLC non-executive directors.

Olympic Park Higher Education Feasibility Work

I have given approval for the GLA to work with Government, the Olympic Park Legacy
Company and other relevant stakeholders such as the Higher Education Funding Council
for England to examine the feasibility for a centre for research and learning on the Olympic
Park. I have also approved engagement with Higher Education Institutions and relevant
public and private sector interests in the feasibility study.

In addition, I have approved the payment of £25,000 to support the cost of the feasibility
study and the transfer of £25,000 from the centralised programme budget to the London
2012 programme budget.

Local Government Relations
City Charter Congress
At the second Congress on 3 September, London's Borough Leaders and I discussed the
progress made across a range of policy areas since the first Congress in April. I also
announced the 10 successful boroughs which have won funding to become 'low carbon
zones', which will help us to become a leading low carbon city.

Meeting with the Leader of Bexley
On 9 September, I met with Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Leader of Bexley. We discussed a host of
transport and regeneration issues and I heard how the borough is tackling anti-social
behaviour and benefiting from my 'Earn Your Travel Back' scheme.

Meeting with the Leader of Barking and Dagenham
On 11 September, I met with Cllr Liam Smith, Leader of Barking and Dagenham. We
discussed the London 2012 shooting events, policing and housing issues, and my project

Meeting with the Leader of Westminster
On 30 September, I met with Cllr Colin Barrow, Leader of Westminster and we discussed
air quality, pedicabs and public spaces.

Government and Parliamentary Relations
Meeting with Rt Hon John Healey MP, Minister for Housing
On 21 September, I met with the Rt Hon John Healey MP and we discussed the
Government's Housing Pledge, delegated delivery, use of Public Sector land and my
Housing Strategy.

Meeting with Rt Hon John Denham MP, CLG Secretary of State
On 10 September, I met with the Rt Hon John Denham MP and we discussed land and debt in
relation to the Olympic Park.

Over £54 million investment to refurbish properties in Enfield

On 28 September, the London region of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and I
agreed £54.4 million of funding, to upgrade and refurbish over 400 properties adjacent to
the A406 in Enfield. Many of the properties have, to everyone’s consternation, languished
in disrepair for decades.

The funding was reported to the HCA London Board, which I chair, fulfilling an election
pledge to work with Enfield Council and Transport for London to resolve the issue. The
stalemate that arose over the years prevented regeneration of this important area of
London. The properties were originally compulsorily purchased by the Department for
Transport in the 1970s to allow a major expansion of the A406 in Enfield.

They were inherited by Transport for London from the Highways Agency in 2000 but the
original plans were abandoned for a much smaller road improvement scheme, approved in
September 2008, and the properties can now be renovated. In the next few weeks, and
subject to agreement of terms and contracts, the properties will be transferred from TfL to
Notting Hill Housing Trust. The Trust will invest a further £35.6m to refurbish the
dwellings and build more affordable homes on the vacant sites, bringing the total
investment in the area to £90m. Once refurbished and upgraded, they will all be affordable

Draft London Housing Strategy

The public consultation period on the draft London Housing Strategy closed on 31
August. 138 responses have been received from a wide range of organisations and these
will help inform development of the final statutory strategy which will be published early
next year.

SEVEN: Housing Study

On 1 September, the London Development Agency published a new study that shows that
new housing can revitalise town centres in South London. Rather than damaging their
character, the study shows that new, well-designed housing can actually make these areas
even more distinctive.

SEVEN: Housing Intensification in seven south London town centres' uses different
scenarios to illustrate how increases in housing can be accommodated in different ways in
different areas - and lead to a better environment, revitalised shopping areas and new
community facilities.The study aims to inform the debate about the future shape of
London’s housing growth - especially in its suburbs. The study shows that planned, well-
designed housing could bring positive changes to seven places in different south London
boroughs: the Old Kent Road, Balham, Lee Green, Morden, Anerley Hill, West Norwood
and Purley.

By looking at different scenarios for each area, the study demonstrates that a positive
approach to planning, combined with good urban design, can meet the demand for new
homes while respecting the existing heritage of each area. The best results can be achieved
if local communities are involved in the design process. The study will help politicians,
planners and developers to consider the issues involved when looking to increase housing
while maintaining and improving the essential characteristics of London’s suburban town
centres and their edges.

Culture and Events
Maintaining investment in culture

On 21 September, I warned against cuts in spending on arts and culture, when Kevin
Spacey, Artistic Director at the Old Vic, and I gave keynote speeches about the impact of
the economic downturn. I hosted the event - entitled 'Cultural Capital: Maintaining
Investment in Culture through the Good Times and the Bad' - at the Victoria and Albert
Museum, which brought together figures from arts, business and the public sector.

The capital is a cultural powerhouse, a huge success story, with an unrivalled range of
activities and attendances continuing to rise - not just at the magnificent free museums and
galleries, but also at its theatres, cinemas and concert halls.

However, fears are increasing about the impact the recession is having on funding.
According to Arts & Business, rising visitor numbers are being accompanied by falls in
business investment, individual giving and funding from trusts and foundations. Business
investment has declined by 7% in the last year, with 42% saying their investment in the arts
has decreased in the last three months.

There are concerns that such funding might not pick up again until 2011 – or even later -
which would have serious implications for the sector in the long term – and the economy as
a whole. Tourism is worth £16bn to London's economy, the majority of visitors saying arts
and culture are why they come here. Furthermore, it is widely recognised that the
subsidised arts sector helps stimulate the commercial creative industries, which bring
500,000 jobs to London and adds an estimated £20 billion in value.

The Mayor’s Thames Festival

My Thames Festival, an annual free event celebrating London's greatest natural asset, the
River Thames, took place on 12 and 13 September. Taking place right in the heart of
London over a 3.5km long festival site, between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, on
the river banks and on the adjacent riverside walkways and public open spaces, the Festival
featured street arts, pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, river events, street
theatre, massed choirs, circus and music.

Over the two days, highlights included a major commission, Feast on the Bridge, which saw
Southwark Bridge transformed into a magical harvest feasting environment with
banqueting tables, activities for all, and the chance to sample food from some of the UK’s
best sustainable producers (and school gardens). The Night Carnival, held on Sunday, had
more than 2,000 participants; the centrepiece was The Hive by Emily Tracy, a magical
glittering beehive structure made by over 4,500 London primary school children. The
Festival ended with Fireworks fired from barges in the middle of the Thames.

Over 900,000 people attended the event this year. The festival engaged many of London’s
communities, 224 schools, of which 120 were from Inner London, 72 from Outer London
and 32 from overseas.

The GLA provided a grant of £65,000 towards the costs of the festival, and my Advisor on
Arts and Culture, Munira Mirza attended the event on my behalf.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival, one of Europe’s largest masquerade's, took place over the bank-
holiday weekend in August (29 - 31 August), for which I provided funding to support the
operational planning and stewarding of the event.

As part of the weekend activities, ‘Caribbean in the Park/Panorama’ was held on Saturday
29, in Hyde Park. This event helps widen the very concentrated ‘footprint’ of Carnival, in
an effort to facilitate more effective crowd management and safety, and provide an
alternative Carnival attraction in a more secure family oriented park setting. Visitors who
come to London over the ‘Carnival weekend’ could experience elements of the activities that
take place during the Carnival parade, which are showcased at this event, as well enjoy the
major Steel Pan competition, Panorama.

Sunday 30, is the Carnival's Children’s Day, with a shorter Carnival route reserved for
families with children and young people, and where spectators can view the participation of
young people in Carnival. Monday 31 is a much bigger and busier event, which sees
Notting Hill filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, with colourful and
ingenious costumes, carnival floats, and the ubiquitous Steel bands, static and mobile Sound
Systems. The event attracted up to 1,000,000 people and has done so for a number of years.
This year, as part of the planning process an earlier start time and close time was agreed, as
well as limits on the noise levels to a more manageable level to aid emergency services in
hearing their own communications. Although the earlier start and close time was
challenging, the event did finish earlier than previous years and without any major public
disorder incidents. My Advisor on Arts and Culture, Muinra Mirza, attended the event on
my behalf.

Liberty Festival - Celebrating the contribution of Deaf and disabled people to
London's culture

On 5 September, the Liberty Festival took place on Trafalgar Square. This unique event
presented over 30 performances by deaf and disabled artists with lots of exciting new
work being specially commissioned for the occasion. Liberty is organised to be accessible
and inclusive and it attracted many deaf and disabled people to the square, to enjoy outdoor
music, visual arts, street arts and children's activities as well as comedy, cabaret and spoken
word inside a purpose built marquee. The event this year was attended by my Director of
Marketing, Dan Ritterband.

Liberty has become established as an important annual event in the capital and has helped
to raise the profile of work by deaf and disabled artists. In the period between now and the
2012, I would like to see Liberty continue encouraging new collaborations and creation of
ambitious new work, which can help to ensure the participation of deaf and disabled artists
in the Cultural Olympiad and in ceremonies and events for the Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games.

Eid in the Square

On 26 September, my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended Eid in the Square on my
behalf. The event, which celebrates Eid ul-Fitr, one of the main festivals of the Islamic
calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, was organised by my Events for

London team with the support of the Eid Committee – representatives from a range of
Muslim community and cultural organisations.

The celebrations included a variety of music performances from the main stage and cultural
performances and interactive workshops in the performance and exhibition tent; a sponsors
exhibition marquee; market stalls selling Islamic clothing, music CDs and ceramics; food
stalls; prayer marquees; and a children’s marquee with a craft workshop including
calligraphy and face-painting.

World premiere of Disney's A Christmas Carol

On 13 September, whilst in New York City to promote London as a destination for
American tourists, I announced that the world famous Christmas Lights on Regent Street
and Oxford Street will, for the first time in history, not only be switched on simultaneously,
but will share the same theme - Disney’s A Christmas Carol. At the same time, the City of
London - the very heart of Dickens' London and the setting for A Christmas Carol - will
join in the celebrations with the West End.

Set against this dazzling backdrop, the World Premiere of Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’
will then take place at three of London’s leading cinemas in Leicester Square creating the
UK’s biggest ever 3D screening, where the stars of the film Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Robin
Wright Penn, Bob Hoskins and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis
will come together to greet guests and media from around the world. Tickets will be
available for the public to take part in the world premiere which is in support of Great
Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. A donation will be made to Great Ormond
Street Hospital Children’s Charity (Registered Charity no. 235825) as part of Disney’s
partnership with the hospital, to help towards an ongoing Disney campaign to raise an
invaluable £10 million towards their much-needed redevelopment appeal.

From November 3 until January 5, London will turn back the clock for ‘London’s
Christmas Carol’, its largest festive celebration which will bring to life the magic of Charles
Dickens’ enduring classic. The City of London and the West End’s most famous streets,
Regent Street and Oxford Street will echo to a series of public concerts, events and a world
record gathering of carol singers in a joyful celebration of the nation’s favourite time of

Klezmer in the Park

On 6 September, I supported Klezmer in the Park, a celebration of Jewish culture, which
was organised by the Jewish Music Institute for Jewish Culture UK (JMI) and in
collaboration with other Jewish community and cultural groups. JMI staged the event
instead of Simcha in the Square, as a ‘park based’ event in Regent’s Park was seen as a
preferred option for this event. My Director of Marketing, Dan Ritterband, attended
Klezmer in the Park on my behalf.

Comedian, David Schneider, compered the event, which saw some of Britain’s most famous
klezmer bands perform, highlighting the variety of klezmer music today from its centuries
old Jewish roots to links with contemporary jazz, Latin, gypsy and world music.
Community and cultural groups exhibited at the event, along with an exhibition on Jewish
history from the Jewish Museum.

RAF Northolt Battle of Britain Annual Reception

On 17 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended the Battle of Britain Annual
Reception at RAF Northolt.

The Reception was held to thank those in the local community who have supported the
Station in the last year and to also pay tribute to those who contributed to the RAF’s finest
hour. The Reception culminated in a sunset ceremony that included a flypast by a Spitfire
and a Hurricane.

Spitalfields Market Japanese Festival

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, officially opened on my behalf the Japanese Festival at
Spitalfields Market on 19 September.

The opening was also attended by Ambassador Ebihara of the Japanese Embassy who
joined the Deputy Mayor in celebrating the opening of the Festival by opening a barrel of
London In Bloom Awards 2009

My Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended the London In Bloom Awards 2009 at
Twickenham Stadium on 11 September.

Richard was invited to present the last two awards of the evening and spoke briefly in
support of the winners.

Second World War Evacuation Commemorative Service

On 1 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended on my behalf a
Commemorative Service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the 70th anniversary of the
evacuation of children from the capital at the start of World War Two.

Operation Pied Piper, the movement of London’s children out to the relative safety of the
countryside, was authorised by Downing Street with the onset of the War. Over the initial
first year of the War, hundreds of thousands of children left their parents behind in London
as the Government moved them on mass to stay with adoptive families across the country.
Emotional scenes accompanied the evacuations and the children did not return back home
until the end stages of the War.

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Exhibition

On 2 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, opened the Mouth and Foot Painting
Artists Exhibition at City Hall on my behalf.

The exhibition featured London based artists and their work which is acclaimed both in this
country and internationally. ‘Live’ demonstrations took place at the Exhibition and the
Deputy Mayor congratulated all those who contributed to the success of the event.

Commemoration of the outbreak of World War Two

On 3 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended on my behalf a service of
commemoration at The Grosvenor Chapel in South Audley Street for the 70th anniversary
of the outbreak of World War Two.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent was in attendance at the ceremony and was accompanied by a
number of naval attaches from Commonwealth countries.

Commemorative Service – RAF Uxbridge

On 13 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, attended a commemorative service
and wreath laying ceremony at the entrance to the former 11 (Fighter) Battle Group Battle
of Britain Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge.

The service commemorated the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two. The
service was also attended by The Mayor of Uxbridge and HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Rich Mix

The Rich Mix Cultural Project, sponsored by the LDA, is a finalist for two awards in the
Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2009 – one for Culture Led Project of the Year and on
for Leadership in Regeneration. The ceremony will be held on 23 September at the Royal
Lancaster Hotel in London.

Fourth Plinth

I have agreed a statue of Sir Keith Park will occupy the Fourth Plinth for a period of 6
months from the date of the public unveiling, agreed as 4 November 2009, til 4 May 2010. I
have also authorised an event to mark the unveiling of the statue on 4 November 2009.

I have confirmed that the Authority will not draw down a specific programme budget to
financially underwrite this initiative and the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign will
underwrite the costs of the production, installation, de-installation, transportation and the
ceremonial unveiling of the statue.

I have confirmed the Authority will provide a variety of in kind resources, including officer
and project management expertise and time.

I have also confirmed the Authority will assist with any Marketing of the unveiling event
and campaign.

London Film Day

I have approved the funding to Film London to deliver the London Film Day activities and
approved the budget of £100,000 towards the costs planning, project management and
delivery of the London Film Day.

Cultural Skills Fund

At the end of August, twelve cultural and community based organisations were awarded a
share of £500,000 to develop the creative skills of Londoners and increase their
employment opportunities.The London Development Agency's (LDA) 2012 London
Cultural Skills Fund, which is supported by myself, will enable a diverse range of art and
skills organisations in the capital to put on courses in activities including theatre, dance and
music production, writing and design.

This is the second round of the £1.2 million fund with a further £500,000 to be awarded
later this year through round three. London needs a range of skills to retain its leading
edge, now, and once we emerge from the recession. With the 2012 London Cultural Skills
Fund our aim is to nurture creativity and build a legacy for the future. Working with
different organisations means young Londoners across the capital can build up valuable
experience and develop the expertise to they need to get jobs in the creative sector, which is
such an important part of the London economy.

Learning and Skills Council Meeting

On 16 September my Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, met with senior representatives of
the Learning and Skills Council at City Hall to discuss ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages) provision in London. The LSC representatives presented their current
work to The Deputy Mayor and also spoke of their plans for the future of the provision.

Meeting with Career Academies UK

On 4 September I met with Sir Win Bischoff and John May of Career Academies UK. The
purpose of the meeting was to identify any opportunities for collaboration between Career
Academies UK and the Mayor’s Academy Trust, as well as with wider work on youth
employment and skills.

GLA Organisation
Information Services

I have granted approval for Information Services to procure a new contract and appoint a
contractor for the supply of newspapers and news titles to start in September 2009 and run
for an initial period of 2 years.

I have delegated to the Executive Director of Communities and Intelligence the option to
extend the term of the contract beyond that initial 2-year period for up to a maximum of
two further 12 month periods.

I have approved an estimated total value of the proposed contract of £115,000, although
actual value will be dependent on requirements.

Development and Environment Budget

I have approved the amount of £100,000 to be allocated from the central budget to the
Development and Environment Directorate for the purposes of undertaking research to
inform the Strategy evidence base in line with the Strategic Plan.

I have also approved the procurement of three consultancy services for the purposes of
undertaking research.


I have noted the expenses incurred by senior staff during the period 1 April 2008 to 31
March 2009.

I have also noted the expenses incurred by the London Assembly members and myself,
under the previous and current administration, during the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March

Audit reports

I have noted the content of the Internal Audit reports.

Also, following the conclusion of the audit of the 2008/09 financial statements, I have
considered the Annual Governance Report, approved the Letter of Representation and
approved the audited 2008/09 Statement of Accounts in accordance with the Accounts and
Audit Regulations 2003.

2012 GLA Mayoral/Assembly Elections

I have agreed to continue making annual contributions of £5million in each 2009/10,
2010/11 and 2011/12 to the GLA Election Reserve in order to meet the cost of the 2012
Mayoral/Assembly Elections. I have also confirmed the Greater London Returning Officer
may draw down from the reserve up to £21million to fund arrangements for the 2012 GLA
Mayoral/Assembly Elections.

New Managing Director of London Underground

On 14 September the Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy announced the appointment of
Mike Brown as the new Managing Director of London Underground (LU). Mike returns
to LU in early 2010, having previously been its Chief Operating Officer.

Mike is an experienced leader, and will make a superb boss of the Tube. These are tough
times, but we're investing billions in transforming our network – reducing overcrowding,
running more frequent and reliable services and making journeys more agreeable through
modern, air conditioned trains. I know that Mike will lead from the front. He'll help to
deliver value for money and maintain staff pride in working for the oldest metro system in
the world and in providing exceptional customer service.

Richard Parry as interim Managing Director, has done and is doing a superb job running
LU and will continue in that position until Mike arrives and work with him thereafter as
part of the senior management team.

Planning and Development Control
New Urban Agenda Debates

The first in a series of the LDA’s, New Urban Agenda debates, Cities and Citizenship:
Surviving the 21st Century, took place in association with RSA Design and Society on 21
September. Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA was in conversation with leading
social entrepreneur Lord Mawson, Professor Wolf Prix, co-founder of COOP
HIMMELB(L)AU and pioneering writer and journalist Anna Minton, chaired by Ricky
Burdett, Director of the Urban Age programme at the LSE.

The LDA’s second debate in the series, London on the Move: Transport as a Catalyst for
Change, is currently planned as a breakfast event to kick off the Thames Gateway Forum on
3 November. The forthcoming debates are Housing fit for the Future, Making Space for
Londoners, Clean Green City and Towards an Olympic Legacy.

Advisor on design and public spaces

On 18 September, Richard Rogers announced that he is to relinquish his roles as deputy
Chair of my Design Advisory Panel and Great Spaces Panel. He will step down from both
positions from 14th October.

Planning Decisions (Stage II referrals)

100 Violet Road, City of London
I have written to the City of London stating that I am content to allow the Council to
determine the application itself.

2 Trafalgar Way, LB Tower Hamlets
I have written to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets stating that I am content to allow
the Council to determine the application itself.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Academy, LB Bexley
I have written to the London Borough of Bexley stating that I am content to allow the
Council to determine the application itself.

St James Gateway, City of Westminster
I have written to the City of Westminster stating that I am content to allow the Council to
determine the application itself.

Hertsmere House (Columbus Tower), LB Tower Hamlets
I have written to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets stating that I will act as the local
planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning application.

The Warren, Royal Arsenal, LB Greenwich
I have written to the London Borough of Greenwich stating that I am content to allow the
Council to determine the application itself.

Block D Imperial Wharf, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
I have written to the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham stating that I am
content to allow the Council to determine the application itself.

Moor Hall Farm, LB Havering
I have written to the London Borough of Havering stating that I am content to allow the
Council to determine the application itself.

Tileman House, LB Wandsworth
I have written to the London Borough of Wandsworth stating that I am content to allow
the Council to determine the application itself.

1-2 Welbeck Street, City of Westminster
I have written to the City of Westminster stating that I am content to allow the Council to
determine the application itself.

132-142 Hampstead Road, LB Camden
I have written to the London Borough of Camden stating that I am content to allow the
Council to determine the application itself.

Rainham Landfill Site, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
I have written to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation stating that I am
content to allow the Council to determine the application itself.

60 River Road, London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

I have written to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation stating that I am
content to allow the Council to determine the application itself.

Planning Decisions (Stage I referrals)

I have asked officers to send letters giving comments about the following stage one

      Sutherland House, LB Sutton
      60 Commercial Road, LB Tower Hamlets
      The Monument Garden, LB Greenwich
      Former Alfa Laval Site, LB Hounslow
      132-142 Hampstead Road, LB Camden
      40 Marsh Wall, LB Tower Hamlets
      Block D, The Old Truman Brewery, LB Tower Hamlets
      Beagle House, LB Tower Hamlets
      17 Sheridan House, LB Harrow
      46-49 Blackfriars Road, LB Southwark
      Imperial College London, City of Westminster
      Unit 9A, Bishopsgate Iron & Steel, LB Newham
      New Festival Quarter, LB Tower Hamlets

Planning Decisions (Stage I referrals) under delegated authority

The Deputy Mayor has asked officers to send letters giving comments about the following
stage one referrals:

      Eton Manor Sports Ground PDZ7, Olympic Delivery Authority

Development Plans

I have written to the following Councils giving a response to their development plan

      Local Development Scheme, City of London
      Newham Local Development Scheme, LB of Newham
      Southwark Core Strategy, Preferred Options Consultation, LB Southwark
      Core Strategy, Draft Submission Consultation, RB Kensington & Chelsea
      Local Development Scheme, Consultation, LB Wandsworth

Decisions made under delegation to Assistant Director - Planning

      Riverbank House, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
      Planning Obligations, Draft Supplementary Development Document, LB Harrow

      Draft Supplementary Planning Document: former National Air Traffic Serviecs
       (NATS), LB Hillingdon
      Site Allocations Development Plan Document, Issues and Options Consultation, LB
      Interim Guidance Note, ‘Responding to the recession; Bringing flexibility to Section
       106 Planning Obligations’, LB Barnet
      Land at Harbet Road, City of Westminster
      Bridge Area Action Plan, Issues and Option Consultation, LB Waltham Forest

Key Engagements
Among my additional engagements since my last report were the following:

      I made a visit to the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Southwark to launch the Earn
       Your Travel Back Scheme on 27 August
      I met with Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chair of Transport for London, to discuss
       transport issues on 24 September
      I met the England 2018 World Cup bid inspection team for an event to support
       London’s Host City application bid on 1 September
      I had my regular catch up with Roger Evans AM, Leader of the Conservative Group
       on the Assembly, and James Cleverly AM on 1 September.
      I had my regular meeting with Lord Coe, Paul Deighton and Justin King on 1
       September to discuss preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games
      I made a visit to Brussels on 2nd September to lobby the European Commission and
       the European Parliament on the proposals for regulation of alternative investment
       funds. I met with a number of MEPs and the Commissioner for Internal Market &
      I chaired the second meeting of the London Congress at the Guildhall on 3
      I met with the Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely, National President of The
       Royal British Legion and Russell Thompson OBE, Director of National Events, on
       3 September for an event to celebrate the start of the Royal British Legion’s 2009
       Pedal to Paris ride
      I had an introductory meeting with His Excellency Louis Susman the Ambassador
       of the United States on 3 September
      I chaired my regular planning decisions meeting on 3 September
      I cycled from Finsbury Park to City Hall as part of Cycle Friday on 4 September
      I visited the London Muslim Centre in Tower Hamlets on 4 September
      I visited Whizz Kids, the Tower Hamlets Wheelchair Service, at Mile End Hospital
       in Tower Hamlets on 4 September
      I had my regular meeting with Transport for London on 4 September
      I met Winfried Bischoff, Chair of Career Academies UK on 4 September to discuss
      I attended a breakfast for the Mayor's Fund on 7 September
      I met with EIB UK Vice-President Simon Brooks on 7 September to mark a £1
       billion contribution to Crossrail.
      I met Ed Richards OfCOM on 7 September to discuss issues relating to the 2012
       Olympic Games

   I met Humfrey Malins MP, John Jackman, Former Chairman of the National Rifle
    Association, and Glynn Alger, Chief Executive of the National Rifle Association, to
    discuss the Olympic 2012 Shooting venue on 7 September
   I held my quarterly meeting with the South East Region TUC on 7 September
   I met John Armitt, David Higgins ODA on 7 September to discuss preparations for
    the 2012 Olympic Games and their legacy
   I launched Skyride with Kelly Brook on 8 September
   I met with Baroness Margaret Ford and Andrew Altman, OPLC, on 8 September to
    discuss Olympic matters
   I had lunch with Bettany Hughes and Adrian Evans to talk about the Thames
    Festival and the teaching of classics in school on 8 September
   I met with the London Business Advisory Council on 8 September to
    discuss economic and business issues.
   I had my regular meeting with Harvey McGrath and Peter Rogers LDA on 8
   I attended Mayor's Question Time on 9 September
   I met with Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Leader of Bexley, on 9 September to discuss borough
   I met with Martin Jay and James Drummond, Invensys on 9 September to
    discuss the rail industry
   I hosted drinks for representatives from the Association of American Correspondent
    in London (AACL) on 9 September
   I chaired my regular planning decisions meeting on 9 September
   I attended a promotional event for the Thames Festival on 10 September
   I chaired the second meeting of the Promote London Council on 10 September
   I attended the Bureau of Leaders on 10 September
   I met with Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chair of Transport for London, to discuss
    transport issues on 10 September
   I had my regular meeting with Transport for London on 10 September
   I met with Riley Bechtel and Mike Adams, Bechtel, on 10 September to discuss the
    Jubilee Line upgrade.
   I made a visit to St Christina's School, Westminster, on 11 September to unveil four
    large mosaics designed by the children to mark the school's Diamond Jubilee
   I met with Cllr Liam Smith, Leader of Barking & Dagenham, on 11 September to
    discuss borough issues
   I attended the opening of the Dreams on Wheels Cycling Exhibition at City Hall on
    11 September
   I met with Peter Hendy, Commissioner Transport for London, on 11 September to
    discuss transport issues
   I visited New York on 13 to 15 September to promote London as a place to both
    invest in and visit. Key parts of the visit were:
        o I visited the British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square New York on 12
        o I attended the press announcement of “London’s a Christmas Carol” on 13
        o I attended a Theatre Promotion event with the cast of Billy Elliot on 13
        o I attended a reception hosted by the Manhattan Institute on 13 September

       o    I attended a dinner hosted by Mayor Bloomberg on 13 September
       o    I attended a breakfast meeting hosted by NASDAQ on 14 September
       o    I attended a Financial Services lunch on 14 September
       o    I attended a Creative Industries, Fashion & Retail reception on 14 September
       o    I attended a BA event promoting Business Travel to London on 15
        o I jointly opened the Manhattan Institute Conference with Mayor Bloomberg
            on 15 September
        o I attended a Visit London and NYC&Co event to sign an agreement to share
            assets (joint tourism promotion) 15 September
        o I attended the Visit London ‘Only in London’ Promotion event on 15
        o I attended the Olympic Promotion Reception on 15 September
        o I attended the Think London’s ‘Route to 2012’ campaign launch on 15
   I met with LOCOG’s new intake of school leaver trainees on 17 September
   I chaired the Olympic Board Meeting on 17 September
   I attended the Young Peoples Question Time at the O2 on 17 September
   I attended the Launch of London Fashion Week at Somerset House on 18
   I hosted a lunch to discuss current issues in London with stakeholders on 18
   I met with Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chair of Transport for London, to discuss
    transport issues on 18 September
   I had my regular meeting with Transport for London on 18 September
   I attended Skyride in central London on 20 September
   I spoke at attended the Arts Recession breakfast taking place at the V&A Museum
    on 21 September
   I met with John Healey MP, Minister for Housing and Planning, Department for
    Communities and Local Government, on 21 September to discuss housing provision
    in London
   I attended the Launch of the London Design Festival on 21 September
   I made a visit to Stockley Park in Uxbridge (London Borough of Hillingdon) to
    attend the opening of the official new Canon European HQ Offices on 22 September
   I met with Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chair of Transport for London, to discuss
    transport issues on 22 September
   I had my regular meeting with Transport for London on 22 September
   I had my regular meeting with Harvey McGrath and Peter Rogers, London
    Development Agency, on 23 September
   I attended the Transport for London Board Away day on 23 September
   I chaired my regular planning decisions meeting on 23 September
   I had my regular discussion on policing in London with Sir Paul Stephenson and
    Catherine Crawford on 23 September
   I opened the Moctezuma exhibition at the British Museum on 23 September
   I chaired the MPA Full Authority meeting on 24 September
   I met with London PCT Chief Executives on 24 September to discuss health issues
    across London
   I spoke at the London Transport Museum Dinner on 24 September

   I made a visit to Canary Wharf to see Columbus Tower on 25 September
   I had lunch with Steve Auckland, the Metro, on 25 September
   I met with representatives from the South Bank Cultural Quarter on 28 September
   I chaired the Home & Communities Agency meeting on 28 September
   I attended the opening of Imperial Wharf new station on 29 September
   I met with the sponsors of the Mayor’s Thames Festival on 29 September
   I chaired the London Waste and Recycling Board meeting on 29 September
   I attended the launch of the Team 2012 Appeal on 29 September
   I met with representatives of the Hindu Council UK on 30 September
   I met with Cllr Colin Barrow, the Leader of Westminster Council on 30 September
    to discuss borough issues
   I chaired my regular planning decisions meeting on 30 September
   I met with Steve Easterbrook, CEO McDonalds, on 30 September to discuss skills
    and other issues.


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