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Rising crime rates

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What assessment have you made of the impact on tourism and the economy of central London of the fast-rising crime rates in Bloomsbury and the West End?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Through London and Partners, my team continues to keep a close eye on the benefits of tourism to the London economy. I am aware that safety is often a consideration for those visiting our city.

The work that L&P does to promote London internationally is vital in ensuring that we remain appealing to tourists, and I’m pleased to say that our tourism numbers remain strong despite Brexit.

We do not have specific data on the perceived impact of crime on the local economies of Bloomsbury and the West End and indeed it would be difficult to disaggregate the data that we do hold and easily attribute elements of it on the impact of crime.

I am pleased to say that since my mayoralty began, London’s economic output has increased by 6.1 per cent, there has been an increase of 295,000 workforce jobs and unemployment has fallen from 6 per cent to 4.6 per cent, all indicators that demonstrate that despite the challenges, the economy is proving to be resilient.