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It’s my duty as Mayor to do everything in my power to support all Londoners. This includes supporting the more than one million EU citizens who have made this city their home and are now experiencing significant anxiety due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
The free “We Are All Londoners” event I held on 21 September 2019 welcomed over 1200 Londoners to City Hall to celebrate and support London’s European communities. The programme for the sold-out event included the UK’s first EU Settlement Ceremony, European music, food and film, panel discussions, exhibitions, sport and craft activities for children, a language café, and access free immigration advice and support.
The event also provided over 500 Londoners free one-to-one immigration advice on the EU Settlement Scheme. This was delivered by 18 lawyers who provided their time pro bono at a value of £25,000.
The total cost of delivering this event was £48,093. This included:
The budget for this event was in line with the Arrival event we hosted at City Hall in 2018. Similar to the “We Are All Londoners” event, Arrival celebrated and supported a particular community in London – the Windrush generation and Caribbean community in London.