Siân Berry: In your answer to my question 2020/4314 you told me that your officers have not produced an equivalent analysis on the accessibility of existing homes to that done through the English Housing Survey (EHS) and the detailed data required to do so is not yet available. Is that data now available, and if so, will your team be carrying out a similar analysis at the London level?
Siân Berry: In the findings of your research into intermediate housing, respondents said that they: “felt that shared ownership (SO) is not an effective way to tackle the issue of housing within London. […] it doesn’t get to the root of the problem – a lack of supply of housing which forces up prices and creates a situation in which many people cannot afford to rent, let alone buy.” How will...
Siân Berry: Could you provide data showing the number of arrests under coronavirus legislation, as well as the number of attendees, during each of the main protests in 2020 in central London held in support of a) Black Lives Matter, b) Extinction Rebellion, and c) Groups opposing coronavirus measures?
Siân Berry: In a meeting of the Police and Crime Committee on 24 February 2021, the Assembly heard from Lib Peck, the director of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), that the VRU was involved in training youth workers. Could you tell me: a) the number of training programmes, b) the number of youth workers trained, c) where VRU youth workers have been deployed, and d) how they offer continuity of service...
Siân Berry: Will the policies in your London Plan be able to stop expansion at Heathrow?
Siân Berry: Can you confirm whether shortlisting for recruitment in all GLA bodies is now name-anonymous, including recruitment done through partner bodies, outsourced specialist recruitment agencies and for any other work programme, such as apprenticeship schemes run by the GLA and Transport for London (TfL)?
Siân Berry: With reference to your answer to question 2020/1939 where you provided recent monthly data on section 60 authorisations used in each borough, could you provide an updated table with the most recently available monthly figures? Could you also provide a further table, with matching rows and columns, showing the number of borough-wide section 60 authorisations for each borough and month?
Siân Berry: Your new Action Plan says: “London’s Independent Victims’ Commissioner, Claire Waxman, will launch a new consultation with Black women and the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition to understand their specific needs and experiences. Out of this, any recommendations directed at the wider criminal justice organisations in London will be pursued. This work will begin in November 2020...
Siân Berry: Has the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) used drones to monitor gatherings of Londoners in the last twelve months? Could you provide details of the legal basis, safety policies and risk assessments, and the policies for image collection and retention for any such uses.
Siân Berry: As announced in your new policing Action Plan, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS): “will imminently re-introduce the London residency criteria for most new recruits.” Have these criteria now been re-introduced, and what work is your office, MOPAC and the MPS doing specifically to support new affordable homes for key workers including police officers, to support this policy?
Siân Berry: Your new Action Plan says: “The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) is working to develop a ‘Handbook of Engagement’ which will be shared with communities.” When will this be published?
Siân Berry: Could you tell me how many Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers currently working in the Violence Suppression Units (VSUs) are trainees completing a four-week programme?
Siân Berry: Thank you for your answer to my question 2020/1641. How many people in this list of 1,000 individuals are also on the Metropolitan Police Service Gangs Matrix?
Siân Berry: Could you start collating and publishing figures for all changes in social housing stock in London every year, including new build occupations, demolitions, acquisitions, right to buy sales, and other sales including housing association sell-offs?
Siân Berry: How much of the additional £10 million in funding for extra support to help protect rough sleepers and renters from the effects of the coronavirus crisis, announced on 8 January 2021 by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, will be allocated to London?
Siân Berry: One of the recommendations in the London Assembly Housing Committee letter to you, after its review of affordable home ownership in March 2020, was that you: “should urgently expand specialist, pan-London services for groups such as young people, BAME people, veterans, LGBT+ people, and people escaping domestic abuse.” We have yet to hear back from you on these recommendations. Could you...
Siân Berry: Could you tell me: a) the number of police officers and staff in each Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) in each London borough in 2016, and b) the number of police officers and staff now in 2021 (or the most recent data available) in each SNT within each Basic Command Unit (BCU)? Please provide this information in an accessible table format.
Siân Berry: Is PLACE (Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise), the scheme for London boroughs to use modular housing units to increase the supply of high-quality, temporary accommodation options for people needing a home, on target to start installation works for all initial sites on 19 February 2021?
Siân Berry: Currently, housing associations lease social rent voids to councils at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates instead of at social rents, which increases tenants’ rents and the cost to councils for housing the homeless. Will you look at introducing measures to stop housing associations leasing voids to councils ‘temporarily’ at LHA rents instead of at social rents?
Siân Berry: In your answer to my question 2020/4315, you told me that the majority of building owners your officers are in touch with were due to have begun remediation work by the end of 2020. Can you tell me if this is the case, and if not, how many buildings are outstanding?