Joanne McCartney: Is enough being done to prevent Londoners from becoming ‘food insecure’ during this second wave of COVID-19 which will coincide with increasing unemployment and job insecurity?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. As you rightly say, food insecurity and poverty were rising before the pandemic hit and what this pandemic has done is highlighted the precarious nature of many Londoners’ finances. This week is London Challenge Poverty Week and today the focus is on children. You and I have campaigned for the extension of free school meal entitlements to cover school holidays, as have...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you for that and thank you for the promise to lobby the Government on this issue. I would be also grateful if you could lobby it to perhaps extend free school meal provision to cover all those families perhaps that are in receipt of Universal Credit or other equivalent benefits. As you said earlier and as your letter to the Government clearly states today, those particular families are...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you and thank you for your lobbying efforts. It is appreciated.
Joanne McCartney: How does the recent Court of Appeal decision in Bridges v South Wales Police affect the Metropolitan Police’s use of automated facial recognition technology?
Joanne McCartney: What support are you giving to the Central Activities Zone which has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic? What further support is needed?
Joanne McCartney: Are there any plans to increase the frequency of London Overground services to Enfield Town? Has the possibility of a shuttle from Enfield Town to Seven Sisters been explored to boost capacity?
Joanne McCartney: Which London Boroughs have seen the highest new claimant count over the past 6 months for a) Universal Credit, b) Job Seekers Allowance, and c) total claimant count? Can you please break this down by London Borough?
Joanne McCartney: How many jobs have been lost over the past 6 months in each London Borough?
Joanne McCartney: Given the government’s shambolic test and trace system, are there any plans to bring this system under local authority/regional control to ensure improvements are made?
Joanne McCartney: Is there confidence that the Metropolitan Police will still have access to the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) after Brexit? If not, what would be the implications for London and the UK?
Joanne McCartney: How much government money has been allocated to London for job retraining schemes in the past few months, and to which groups of people are they targeted?
Joanne McCartney: How many young people in (1) Enfield & (2) Haringey are set to miss out on the free under-18s travel that they were previously entitled to if the government’s plans to scrap this investment in our children and young people go ahead?
Joanne McCartney: The government’s furlough scheme is currently planned to close by the end of October. Currently 32% of all eligible employments in London have been furloughed, disproportionally affecting the most disadvantaged communities. What more does the government need to do to ensure that London’s workers are protected, and our economy supported?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. You are quite right that it is those most deprived communities that will be burdened with the effects of rising unemployment. That is communities such as mine in Tottenham and Edmonton. In Tottenham, for example, there are 32,500 workers currently furloughed. If the furlough scheme is not extended, many of those workers will lose their jobs. It is those communities that...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you for that answer. What more can City Hall do? Are the Government’s schemes - for example, the Kickstart scheme to help young unemployed people - using the GLA and the contacts and abilities that this organisation has to make that targeted difference or not?
Joanne McCartney: A number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have been funded very recently under the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. This funding is welcome, but due to the urgency to implement schemes quickly, normal consultation periods are not possible which has caused concern among many residents, both for and against such schemes. What can you and TfL do to ensure that there is proper...
Joanne McCartney: Further to my most recent questions in January this year can you give me an update on TfL’s progress in persuading the Department of Transport to devolve Great Northern rail services out of Moorgate?
Joanne McCartney: What steps has the Met Police taken to stop and prevent unlicensed music events? How many such events have been reported to the police in Enfield & Haringey?
Joanne McCartney: What recent action has been taken by the Met Police against illegal car meets? There has been a number of events that have happened in my constituency, much to the distress of residents.