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Page 4 | 02 - 15 October

Page 4 | 02 - 15 October 2019 News Matters Green energy firm to serve Londoners A NEW energy company offering low-cost green power exclusively for Londoners will launch in December, the Mayor has announced, writes Jessie Mathewson, Local Democracy Reporter. London Power will guarantee tariffs in the cheapest 10% of the market – and will not move customers to a pricier plan after the first 12 months. The company will also offer 100% renewable electricity, though its gas will not be from green sources. Cheap power is a major problem for London. More than one million people in the Capital live in fuel poverty, with the city spending £3.5billion a year on energy bills. Environment The Mayor said his new company would offer a fairer deal for residents and the environment. He said: “It is a sad fact that millions of Londoners struggle to pay fuel bills and are subject to inflated rates from major energy companies. “My Energy for Londoners programme has concentrated on tackling fuel poverty, expanding solar energy and retrofitting homes. “Now I want London Power to give Londoners a better, fairer deal on fuel prices, as well as the knowledge they won’t be switched over to a rip–off tariff when their contract ends.” Almost six million people across the country switched energy provider last year, a new record as prices continue to rise – but Londoners are less likely to have made a change. City of London School raises over £69,000 for UK charity Tiny Tickers P upils at City of London School have raised a grand total of £69,323 in support of Tiny Tickers, a small UK-based medical charity specialising in the early detection and treatment of congenital heart defects in infants. Tiny Tickers was elected by pupils in Autumn last year as the School’s charity appeal for 2018-19. Over the course of the academic year, the whole School community has engaged in a range of fundraising challenges, culminating in the annual 48-hour Sponsored Row. In early July, outside the School on Peters’ Hill (next to Millennium Bridge), the pupils kept two rowing machines moving day and night by sharing rowing and bucket collection shifts between them. An enthusiastic effort from all boys, combined with the kind generosity of the public managed to raise £1,873 in bucket collections, with a further £5,790 in online donations. A tremendous £7,663 was raised over the course of the two days. Some of the other stand-out events from the year included the Winter Fair, the Quiz & Curry Night, a series of TED-inspired “Cit-ED” talks on specialist subjects by the teachers, a Spring Soiree and our Head, Mr Bird, jumping out of a plane! With added help from regular fundraising doughnut sales and non-uniform days, the overall grand total really became something to be proud of. All proceeds will go to Tiny Tickers, who will now be able to provide expert on-site training to over 750 sonographers, increasing the chances that potentially fatal congenital conditions in infants are detected and treated early. This charitable year has been exciting and highly rewarding for the pupil-led Charity Committee, and we already look forward to seeing what the pupils will get up to next year. The School plans to elect a new charity for our 2019-20 appeal in the next few weeks, so watch this space! To find out more about our School, or to read about the pupils’ charitable work, please visit cityoflondonschool.org.uk. CITYMATTERS.LONDON BIDS TAKEN TO FINAL STAGES TO ENHANCE SQUARE MILE Proposals to revamp Aldgate & Cheapside THE policy and resources committee at the City of London Corporation has voted to take forward proposals designed to ensure that Aldgate and Cheapside are transformed into even more vibrant business, retail and leisure destinations. Plans for the Aldgate and Cheapside Business Improvement District (BIDs) were given the go-ahead and will now be taken to their final stage of approval – a ballot by ratepayers in each district who would be liable to invest in the area. In the event of a successful ballot, the BIDs will be established as investment vehicles for their respective areas to revamp and reimagine Aldgate and Cheapside. The projects will align with the City Corporation’s Corporate Plan 2018-23, which aims to contribute to a flourishing society, support a thriving economy, and shape outstanding environments. A BID is a geographical area in which the local businesses have voted to invest together to improve their local environment. Spanning the City of London and Tower Hamlets, the Aldgate project will comprise of two BIDs, in a collaborative, cross-border effort between the City of London Corporation and the Aldgate Partnership. The Aldgate BIDs will city_matters on brand: the revamped Aldgate Square be overseen and implemented through a single governing body to ensure a holistic approach for Aldgate, and will help to rejuvenate the area through regeneration activities. These will aim to support improvements in infrastructure and transport, implement air quality measures, create a local small business network, and strengthen the Aldgate brand. The Cheapside BID was first established in 2015 and is seeking a second five-year term, which will be driven solely by the City Corporation via the Cheapside Business HATE crime increased hugely in London last year, with massive rises in homophobic, racist and disability hate offences, writes Jessie Mathewson, Local Democracy Reporter. There were 19,000 recorded hate crimes in the Capital in 2018, averaging more than 52 a day, data analysis by the London Assembly has revealed. Racist and religious hate crime doubled compared to 2017, and there were three times as many disability hate crimes recorded in the city. Homophobic hate crime increased 81 per cent in 2018, with transphobic hate crime up 261%. Offences The London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee is calling on the Mayor to do more to support victims of these offences. Committee chairman Unmesh Desai said: “These statistics are alarming and not representative of the vast majority of people living in the Capital. “London is proud of its reputation as a diverse and open city, home to people from all around the world and from different backgrounds. “Hate crime of any kind cannot be tolerated and we need to ensure that all Londoners can live without physical or verbal prejudice. “The Mayor needs to better demonstrate that he is giving hate crime the same level of attention as his other key priorities for the Alliance. It is aspiring to promote the area as a seven-day retail and leisure destination by focusing on environmental measures and urban greening, enhancing Cheapside’s cultural offer, and supporting local employment and training opportunities. All of the BIDs have been developed following extensive consultation with local businesses and stakeholders, and in the case of Aldgate, equal representation of City of London Corporation and Tower Hamlets stakeholders. Based on current timetables, the BIDs should go live in April 2020 and will be five-year long projects. Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, said: “Cheapside and Aldgate are two areas which contribute an enormous amount to the fabric and vibrancy of the City. “But while there is lots to celebrate in these areas, we also recognise that more needs to be done to boost and rejuvenate local business communities. “That’s why we have voted to progress these BIDs to their final stage. If approved, we will continue to work closely with businesses, workers and residents in Aldgate and Cheapside to transform these areas into more lively and pleasant places to live, work and visit.” Huge increases in hate crime in Capital according to new data from London Assembly Capital.” Mr Khan should share information about support services available in London, and consider how he can do more proactive work to reduce hate crime, the committee said in its report. Members also called for a pan-London hate crime advocacy service, delivered through the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and for better work with offenders to change their attitudes. Since the report was finalised, the Mayor has announced additional funding for London’s existing hate crime advocacy, meaning 400 more people will be able to access support. Recommendations Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, said MOPAC would review the Assembly’s report and consider its recommendations. She said: “The Mayor takes a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime in London and has invested more than £6million to tackle the issue – far more than any previous Mayor. “This includes funding for specialist victim support and advocacy, education and awareness, and grass roots project funding. “The Met has made huge progress in tackling all forms of hate crime but it’s clear more needs to be done to encourage victims to report incidents, and explore new ways of identifying, preventing and challenging hate crime in all its forms.”

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