Marina Ahmad: Will the GLA map out healthy food monitoring and support services for mothers and infants from antenatal care up to the beginning of primary school, which would identify any gaps between services during this period and identify actions which can guarantee children have access to nutritious food prior to attending primary school?
Marina Ahmad: Can you outline what actions you have taken to lobby the Government to take immediate action to tackle the cost of living crisis by raising incomes substantially and providing immediate monetary support to low income families?
Marina Ahmad: Do you have the data for the number of Londoners that would be paying more on mortgages due to the interest rate rise in London, and can this be broken down by borough?
Marina Ahmad: What impact do you expect the interest rate rise to have on consumer spending and business confidence in London?
Marina Ahmad: What impact do the New Year’s Eve celebrations have on London’s economy? Are you able to break this down for each year that they have occurred in your Mayoralty?
Marina Ahmad: Research published in the Evening Standard has found that London came second to Paris as the most popular booked destination this year. What impact has international tourism had on the capital this year, and how will you continue to build on this work for next year, especially around the King’s coronation?
Marina Ahmad: Have you made an assessment of where London ranks compared to other major world cities in terms of levels of in-work poverty?
Marina Ahmad: Do you have an update on the extent of in-work poverty in London’s public sector, including in the Greater London Authority? What measures are being taken to ensure drivers of in-work poverty, such as low pay, insufficient hours, and outsourcing are minimised throughout the public sector workforce in London?
Marina Ahmad: Have you taken any steps to ensure that London businesses are encouraged to disclose data on (a) how many employees are in in-work poverty and, (b) the employment status of all employees?
Marina Ahmad: How will you be celebrating Living Wage Week 2022 in London?
Marina Ahmad: Are you aware of the findings of the report from the Social Market Foundation entitled “Working lives”, and do you agree with its assessment that businesses have a key role to play in alleviating in-work poverty in London?
Marina Ahmad: How are you supporting London’s workers to achieve and maintain good pay and working conditions as the cost of living increases this winter, affecting employers?
Marina Ahmad: What are you doing to increase London’s productivity?
Marina Ahmad: How do you intend to support businesses and Londoners through the longest recession since the 1930s?
Marina Ahmad: Will businesses in the Waterloo area in my constituency, who welcome the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, be allocated free tickets for their customers as they have been previously? Customers of these local businesses have benefited from free tickets in the past to ensure local restaurants are not impacted by the restrictions placed on non-ticket holders visiting the area on New Year’s Eve.
Marina Ahmad: Have you carried out an assessment of the extent to which – within London’s low-paid sectors – employers paying higher pay or offering better terms and conditions see better business performance compared to those employers that do not?
Marina Ahmad: It has been reported that the cost of travel is the biggest factor deterring staff from returning to their central London workplace, despite increased costs to working from home. Business leaders have called for a “creative and flexible approach”, with more attractive off-peak prices. The Government have assumed a four per cent hike in Tube and bus fares in March next year as part of the...
Marina Ahmad: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you stated that you would update the implementation plan for the food strategy, setting out your priorities for the remainder of this mayoralty and reflecting changes in response to the impact of COVID-19. How has this changed as a result of the cost of living crisis and when will your updated implementation plan be published?
Marina Ahmad: On 22nd September you announced the London Living Wage uplift which takes the London Living Wage to £11.95 per hour. How important is this uplift in supporting Londoners during the cost of living crisis?
Marina Ahmad: Thank you, Mr Mayor. As you know, next week is London Challenge Poverty Week and all of these issues of course will hit the headlines again. The Living Wage Foundation, which you just alluded to, recently found that 42% of workers now regularly skip meals because of a lack of money and that figure is up by 10% since this January . Given that Downing Street has adopted the...