Siân Berry: In response to a September 2017 London Assembly motion, you promised to develop London Plan policies to ensure public spaces are open and accessible for all with the minimum of rules, whether they are publicly or privately owned, as well as a Public London Charter setting out rights and responsibilities. Good new policies now appear in your draft London Plan, which also reference the Public...
Siân Berry: How will the devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) be used to support young people post-16, who have experienced school exclusion or have been in a pupil referral unit, to develop the necessary skills and education for life?
Siân Berry: Are you confident that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will comply with all the terms of the enforcement notice set out by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) within the six-month period given?
Siân Berry: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Enforcement Notice, published on 13 November 2018, stated that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) admitted to taking an "Al Capone Approach; ie where prosecution for specific gang-related offences is not possible the gang members were targeted more generally." Has the MPS provided or supported any specific diversionary tactics that help people...
Siân Berry: Following the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Enforcement Notice, published on 13 November 2018, what action have you taken to retrieve and delete the data that was unlawfully shared with third-party organisations?
Siân Berry: At the Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group meeting on 26 November 2018, the Director of Policy and Commissioning from MOPAC verbally presented partners with an update on borough knife crime action plans. The draft minutes noted: “strong progress had been made and all plans were in place.” Could you confirm whether each knife crime action plan has now been published, with...
Siân Berry: How does the Violence Reduction Unit plan to work collaboratively with other GLA teams, including: Education and Youth, GLA Economics, Housing, Planning, Regeneration, Social and Communities, to ensure there is a holistic approach to its work?
Siân Berry: Does the Violence Reduction Unit plan to work the with the Serious Violence Taskforce that is chaired by the Home Secretary?
Siân Berry: How does the Violence Reduction Unit plan to use the interim findings from the Youth Violence Commission to guide its work and plans?
Siân Berry: How are you monitoring whether the number of Londoners being allocated a home ahead of overseas buyers is going up, thanks to your ‘first dibs’ approach?
Siân Berry: Thank you, Mr Mayor. It is disappointing that you do not have data on the sales so far to show us today. As I understand it, the key difference between this and the previous Mayor’s [Boris Johnson] ineffective ‘Concordat’ policy with developers is that your agreement limits actual sales to Londoners for one month and then to UK residents for a further three months, while the previous...
Siân Berry: Yes, sorry to interrupt, but I am looking at the press release that was put out when you launched the agreement. You called it ‘landmark’ and you said that this was the first time you had got promises about sales rather than just marketing, and so it is that, yes?
Siân Berry: Yes. That is what I said at the beginning. I want to ask about the website particularly because, obviously, that was part of the policy announcement and the website is up and running now. I have been monitoring it. I am on it now. The ‘first dibs’ part of your website says, “Go here and search”, but there is no choice of searching for ‘first dibs’ homes. The adverts for private...
Siân Berry: It does not say that only Londoners or UK residents can buy them. There is no restriction.
Siân Berry: It is only the registered user that can use it?
Siân Berry: Great. Last night I looked and there were no homes when I looked for private sale homes under £350,000. Today there are three adverts that seem to have gone up this morning. That does not seem very many. Can we get a week-by-week breakdown of what has been advertised on the site so far?
Siân Berry: Yes, but there are very few homes at that price. That is the point. That is why I am asking for the week-by-week breakdown. I want to see what is actually going up there.
Siân Berry: Yes, but the thing is I am just trying to keep track of this ‘first dibs’ policy. It was an absolute mantra of yours in the 2016 election. Every time housing came up, you were there saying, “First dibs for Londoners, golden bricks”. We do need to be able to get the monitoring of this as soon as possible. Your review will be out before the next election so that we can hold you to account?
Siân Berry: Yes or no, ideally, because my colleague is ââ
Siân Berry: I just want to know if your review will be out before the next election.