Success for Lib Dem campaign to help renters

Following Lib Dem pressure to help renters afford a home and reduce upfront costs, the Government has announced a ban on letting fees for tenants in the Autumn Statement.

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Liberal Democrat Peer Olly Grender has been promoting the campaign and is the author of the Renters’ Rights Bill, which was debated just five days ago in Parliament.

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Mayor needs to concentrate on tackling overcrowding

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Mayor’s fare announcement for next year, said

“Sadiq Khan’s manifesto specifically said that Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today. There were no ifs, or buts, in that statement.”

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High Court pollution ruling strengthens the case against a third Heathrow runway

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting the today’s High Court ruling that the Government’s plan to tackle the UK’s air pollution is illegal - the second time in 18 months that the Government have lost in court on this issue - said:

“The Government is clearly failing to cut illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide in the ‘shortest possible time’

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LIB DEMS WELCOME TORY U-TURN - FORCED ACADEMIES PLAN SCRAPPED

Controversial plans to force all schools to convert into Academies have been scrapped by the new Education Secretary, Justine Greening. The policy was strongly opposed by many councils, including Conservative-run councils up and down the country. Liberal Democrat Councillor LizGreen, Leader of the Opposition welcomed the announcement.

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Uber employment case is good for drivers and ultimately good for the public – Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the ruling by a London employment tribunal that drivers for the ride-hailing app Uber should  be classed as workers rather than self-employed said:

“I welcome this ruling and congratulate the drivers and GMB for taking this important case.

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The case against Heathrow expansion is as strong as when Theresa May and David Cameron made it

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Government’s intention to support a third Heathrow runway, said:

"After an incredibly expensive lobbying campaign the Government has ‎foolishly accepted the myth that what is good for the overseas owners of Heathrow is also good for the UK economy.

"The reality is that airports such as Luton and Stansted have spare capacity. And in time HS2 will also allow easy access ‎to Birmingham airport for many Londoners.

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Tom Brake: Heathrow runway will inflict crippling noise and congestion on a million Londoners

Speaking in today's Commons debate on Heathrow expansion, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake said:

"I hope the government will recognise widespread hostility to Heathrow expansion and say 'no' to a third runway."

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Most London councils are failing to tackle rogue landlords

Government funding cuts to local councils have resulted in a threadbare patchwork of enforcement against London's rogue landlords, according to data obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Based on freedom of information requests that were submitted to all 32 London Boroughs information has been obtained showing the record of action against rogue landlords being taken across London. All London Boroughs responded to the requests for information, although some were unable to reply fully to the requests.

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Lib Dems fight for stronger rights for London's renters


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The protest will be taking place on Thursday 13th October outside College Green followed by the presentation of the petition at the Department for Communities and Local Government.  It will also be attended by Shelter and The Debrief, who will be presenting their Make Renting Fair petition with over 270,000 signatures to Housing Minister Gavin Barwell. The purpose of the protest is to highlight the difficulty that many renters face with unfair charges, rent and agency fees.

 

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Tackling air pollution needs stronger action on diesel

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the publication of the consultation results on proposals to improve air quality in London, said:

“The Mayor must now listen to the very strong message that Londoners have sent over the urgent need to tackle air pollution in London.

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PAY TO STAY RENT PROGRAMME – The Tory policy that encourages people to work less hard or lose their home

The Conservative led Council consultation on increasing Home care charges to vulnerable residents will be coming to an end on 9September.   The results are due to be discussed at a meeting of the Adults and Children’s Committee held at Guildhall on 29 September at 7.30 pm.

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Caroline Pidgeon welcomes adoption of One Hour Bus Ticket

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Commenting on the introduction of a one hour "Hopper" bus ticket starting from Monday 12th September, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member said:

"I have been campaigning for a One Hour Bus Ticket for the best part of a decade in London so very much welcome its final introduction from next week. Imitation sometimes is the greatest form of flattery.

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TORIES TARGET VULNERABLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AS HOME CARE CHARGES SET TO INCREASE BY 25%

The Conservative led Council consultation on increasing Home care charges to vulnerable residents will be coming to an end on 9September.   The results are due to be discussed at a meeting of the Adults and Children’s Committee held at Guildhall on 29 September at 7.30 pm.

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£223m in cash left on Oyster cards

As the cash balance on dormant Oyster cards hit £223m, Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to do more to return it to passengers:

"It obviously suits TfL’s cash flow situation to be sitting on a huge mountain of unclaimed money from dormant Oyster cards but we should never forget that people are always entitled to claim back their own money.

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Caroline Pidgeon Responds to Mayor's Consultation on Air Quality Proposals

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Caroline Pidgeon has responded to the Mayor of London's consultation on proposals to improve air quality in London.

While welcoming some of the Mayor’s proposals her submission urges the Mayor to move more quickly in introducing a new Emissions Surcharge (the so-called T-charge).   Her submission also stresses the need for far higher emissions standards than those currently proposed for the T-charge.  Other recommendations made by Caroline include urging TfL to directly procure a fleet of zero emission capable taxis and then leasing or selling them to taxis and drivers.

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