London’s renters are really struggling.
I’m urgently asking the Govt to:
♻️ Invest big in home insulation schemes, saving renters hundreds in energy costs
🏠 Grant me the powers to freeze rents, saving renters £2,988 over 2 years
📈 Increase Universal Credit w/ inflation.
Thanks to the generosity of the Hindu and Sikh neighbours I grew up alongside, I've been fortunate to experience the joy and unity that comes with celebrating Diwali.
I'm delighted to bring this free family-friendly event back to Trafalgar Square this year for all to enjoy.
Over 1,000 organisations and venues have now signed up to my Women’s Night Safety Charter.
It has never been more important for businesses to show their commitment to making London a safe city for women and girls around the clock.
Sign up your organisation here:
We need a major Government insulation drive:
⚫️ Half a million of the homes London’s private renters are living in are below the minimum acceptable energy efficiency rating
⚫️ 20,000 of these properties receive the worst ratings—costing up to £1000 extra a year in energy bills
Energy prices rise for millions on 1 Oct (& fall for some on fixes). So most, though not everyone, should be doing a reading. Plus some on PREPAY may be able to keep current rates longer.
Here's my need-to-know from this week's MSE email
I’m calling on Ministers to act now to tackle spiralling costs for Londoners and the energy crisis by:
➡️ Launching a major home insulation drive
➡️ Granting me the powers to freeze rents in the capital, saving renters £3,000 over 2 years.
New research from City Hall shows that private tenants in the worst insulated homes are facing additional energy costs of £947 a year, even with the Government’s energy price guarantee, because landlords have failed to insulate their properties.
Pls share to stop confusion.
THERE IS NO £2,500 CAP ON ENERGY BILLS.
Instead the new 1 Oct guarantee, like the old caps, limits
- Daily charge (28p gas, 46p elec)
- & Unit rates (10p/kWh gas, 34p/kWh elec)
So use more, pay more. £2,500 is just what someone with avg use'd pay
It’s no exaggeration that the cost of living crisis is a matter of life & death.
More than a million people in the UK have experienced a life threatening asthma attack due to changes they’ve been forced to make by rising bills.
The Govt can’t ignore this growing catastrophe.
Today's event brought together leaders from the capital's construction, finance and technology sectors and young Londoners to drive forward practical action and break down structural barriers to employment and training faced by young Black men in London. 2/2
Today was an important day for our work to tackle structural racism in London.
I established the Workforce Integration Network in 2018 to help young Black men overcome significant barriers in employment & training.
Today our work with @AREtweets_ pushed that work further. 1/2
Shining a light on an often overlooked part of our country’s history, Samson Kambalu’s “Antelope” highlights the fight for freedom and equality over many years and to our present day.
I encourage all to visit this inspiring sculpture now on display on the Fourth Plinth.
In other travel news, Bond Street’s #Elizabethline station will open on 24 October after a five-month delay.
@SadiqKhan said it would attract people “back on to our world-class transport network” and build "a cleaner, greener and more prosperous" city
Billions of pounds of benefits go unclaimed every year.
We want to make sure that Londoners have access to all support available to them. Check whether you could increase your income this winter by claiming benefits you’re entitled to with our new benefits calculator:
The climate crisis can often feel overwhelming, but there are inspiring people across the globe determined to tackle it head on. I’ll be speaking to some of them in my new weekly podcast with @LBC for @GlobalPlayer, Clear the Air.
Tune in from 4 October.
I’m delighted that Samson Kambalu’s inspiring sculpture “Antelope” has become the latest to take its place on the Fourth Plinth. I’m sure it will encourage discussion about the fight for freedom and equality that remains just as important today. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…
NEW: The opening date for the Bond Street Elizabeth Line station is now official.
From 24 October, the latest stunning addition to this transformational line will give Londoners and tourists quick and direct access to the heart of London’s West End 💜bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…M
❝ A child was “pretending to eat out of an empty lunchbox” because they did not qualify for free school meals and did not want their friends to know there was no food at home. ❞
Heartbreaking. The Govt must introduce free school meals for primary school children. Immediately.
The case for a rent freeze in London has never been stronger.
In light of the missed opportunities of last week's Mini Budget, I'm doubling down on my calls to the Government to grant me the powers to freeze rents in the capital so I can support Londoners this winter.
A real privilege to meet Mayor of Kyiv @Vitaliy_Klychko and to reiterate Mayor of London @SadiqKhan’s commitment to the people of Ukraine. London stands with Ukraine and we’ll do whatever it takes to support them #StandWithUkraine
If you or anyone you know is a Londoner on benefits or a low income, you could be eligible for free heating, insulation and ventilation improvements to help warm your home this winter.
Applications for my Warmer Homes scheme are open. Apply here: london.gov.uk/what-we-do/hou…
Friday’s #MiniBudget has done nothing to ease Londoners’ worries about the difficult winter ahead.
If you need advice on how to manage soaring energy bills, my team has put lots of guidance together in one place here:
I will continue to hold the police to account as I support the Commissioner in getting us to place where all Londoners feel protected and served, and where we have a police force that everyone – inc. the many decent, brave and dedicated officers in London – can be proud of. 4/4
I look forward to continuing to work closely with Sir Mark – to restore trust and confidence in the police and to ensure the Met can deliver a world-class service to all Londoners, building on the success we have made in driving down violence and crime across our city. 3/4
I welcome Sir Mark Rowley’s commitment since taking over the role of Commissioner to rebuild trust in the police and to drive through the step change in culture and performance that’s urgently needed, and which Londoners deserve. 1/4
ICYMI: A big announcement for TfL’s hardworking cleaners, catering and security staff.
I’m extending free travel on public transport to 5,000 of @TfL’s lowest paid transport workers to help them through this unprecedented cost of living crisis.
The new Living Wage rates are out!
Both our UK and London #LivingWage rates have risen: £10.90 (UK) £11.95 (London) meaning a pay-rise for hundreds of thousands of workers. With the cost of living crisis, it’s more important than ever.
Find out more: ⬇️
The Fiscal Statement was a missed opportunity to provide what our city needs:
✅ Free basic energy for the most vulnerable
✅ Free school meals for all primary school kids
✅ Increase in Universal Credit
✅ The power to freeze rents
The Govt simply must do more.
If you’re not already a fan of American football, you will be after @NFLUK’s takeover of the South Bank on 1 October.
London is proud to host the start of the 2022 International Games in the capital.
It’s going to be a great season 🏈
📢 Young Londoners!
On#WorldMentalHealthDayy, join us and other young Londoners (16-25 yrs) as we takeover City Hall for Access All Areas - a free, one-day festival.
For details and tickets �thriveldn.co.uk/WMHD2022Ch
Any questions? All the info you need is in this thread gq3
The rising cost of household bills is putting pressure on many Londoners’ finances.
If you're on low income or are unemployed, a carer, parent or have a disability, you may be entitled to help. Lots more info here: london.gov.uk/what-we-do/com…
The right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but violence and attacks on our police and communities will never be tolerated. I am in close contact with the Met Commissioner and the police have my full support in pursuing those behind the disorder. 2/3
The Chancellor missed a huge opportunity to help millions of London’s private renters in this week’s Mini Budget. I’ll keep calling for the powers to freeze rents in London while families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
London’s transport workers are essential to keeping our city moving, but those on the lowest incomes are struggling with the cost of living.
I’m taking action to support thousands of TfL cleaners, catering and security staff by removing the cost of public transport.
One year on from Sabina Nessa’s horrific murder, my thoughts remain with her family and loved ones.
Every woman and girl should be able to feel safe wherever they are in our city. I’m determined to continue doing everything we can to make London safer for everyone. twitter.com/BBCLondonNews/…