February 2013 MQT Answers

Below are the answers to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne in February 2013.

Public Confidence in the Police
Question No: 568 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

One of the targets in MOPAC’s 20.20.20 Challenge is to see an increase in public confidence in the police by 20%. Can you please provide confidence data per borough for the past 4 years?

Written response from the Mayor
The Crime Survey For England and Wales (CSEW) will be used to measure public confidence against MOPAC’s target. The CSEW only produces city-wide confidence figures and is not broken down borough by borough. The Public Attitude Survey is being used to monitor borough confidence levels. The figures below are derived from the Public Attitude Survey and the measure is ‘Taking everything into account how good a job do you think the police IN THIS AREA are doing?’

Borough

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

Barking and Dagenham

53%

54%

66%

64%

Barnet

58%

79%

61%

66%

Bexley

54%

40%

57%

69%

Brent

30%

38%

73%

63%

Bromley

56%

61%

61%

69%

Camden

93%

63%

76%

63%

Croydon

70%

67%

65%

59%

Ealing

79%

59%

65%

63%

Enfield

63%

64%

76%

64%

Greenwich

69%

47%

68%

59%

Hackney

74%

62%

65%

62%

Hammersmith and Fulham

34%

35%

70%

74%

Haringey

70%

76%

51%

57%

Harrow

73%

71%

68%

72%

Havering

58%

63%

48%

68%

Hillingdon

67%

62%

54%

65%

Hounslow

89%

83%

43%

64%

Islington

27%

49%

57%

59%

Kensington and Chelsea

34%

61%

69%

74%

Kingston upon Thames

92%

61%

71%

68%

Lambeth

74%

65%

81%

63%

Lewisham

79%

36%

63%

61%

Merton

67%

77%

86%

68%

Newham

50%

62%

77%

57%

Redbridge

67%

57%

81%

63%

Richmond upon Thames

90%

67%

67%

72%

Southwark

68%

78%

72%

60%

Sutton

57%

51%

79%

70%

Tower Hamlets

76%

76%

66%

59%

Waltham Forest

72%

55%

70%

60%

Wandsworth

80%

76%

71%

66%

Westminster

30%

64%

64%

74%

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MOPAC Properties
Question No: 569 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I note that MOPAC own 10 properties for the use of ACPO officers. These properties were valued at 2.34million in 2011/12. (MQ 3381/2012) Have these properties been prioritised for savings in your Estates Strategy? Please provide details.

Written response from the Mayor
I am currently consulting on the draft Estates Strategy and no decisions have yet been taken.

The draft Estates Strategy includes proposals to create a smaller and more efficient estate which meets the operational requirements of the MPS but is significantly lower in cost.

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PCSOs (1)
Question No: 570 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs do you expect to have in Boroughs in March 2013, March 2014 and March 2015?

Written response from the Mayor
The draft budget for 2013/16 reflects a proposed borough PCSO level of 2,091. This includes posts funded by Local Authorities and TfL. This is expected to remain at this level for each of the three years.

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PCSOs (2)
Question No: 571 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the projected figures for PCSOs per boroughs in March 2013, March 2014 and March 2015?

Written response from the Mayor
The draft budget for 2013/16 reflects a proposed total borough PCSO level of 2,091. This includes posts funded by Local Authorities and TfL. This is expected to remain at this level for each of the three years.

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PCSOs (3)
Question No: 572 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs do you expect to have in the MPS in total in March 2013, March 2014 and March 2015?

Written response from the Mayor
Please refer to the table provided in response to MQ 571/ 2013.

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Recruitment (1)
Question No: 573 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You have stated that you expect to recruit 5,000 new police officers by 2015. Can you please provide a breakdown of how many new officers you expect to recruit in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16?

Written response from the Mayor
The target of recruiting 5,000 new police officers is contained in the draft Police and Crime Plan which is still under public consultation. The details of how many officers are to be recruited each financial year will be finalised after the consultation has ended and the Police and Crime Plan has been published.

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Recruitment (2)
Question No: 574 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At the recent London Assembly Plenary you stated “We need, I think, [to recruit] the thick end of 5,000 officers and we want them to be Londoners. There is a huge opportunity for Londoners to get jobs in our police service. There are many people who want to serve in the police. They should prick up their ears, get online and look at the opportunities”

Is the Met once again opening up recruitment to the general public?

Written response from the Mayor
Our plans, if approved, mean that the MPS could recruit 5,000 new constables by 2015. These vacancies will be advertised and we will want to encourage applications from Londoners as well as existing special constables and PCSOs.

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Recruitment (3)
Question No: 575 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At the recent London Assembly Plenary you stated “We need, I think, [to recruit] the thick end of 5,000 officers and we want them to be Londoners. There is a huge opportunity for Londoners to get jobs in our police service. There are many people who want to serve in the police. They should prick up their ears, get online and look at the opportunities”

How should Londoners apply for these positions?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ 574/ 2012.

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Sergeant Strength (1)
Question No: 576 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of the number of sergeants in London, broken down by borough from Oct 2012 to date?

Written response from the Mayor
The following table shows the number of Sergeants in each Borough since October 2012, together with a summary for those Sergeants in TPHQ and other business groups. These figures are for actual strength. The figures include Detective Sergeants.

 Sergeant numbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sergeant Strength (2)
Question No: 577 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of the number of sergeants in Safer Neighbourhoods Teams in London, broken down by borough from Oct 2012 to date?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Specialist Units
Question No: 578 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide officer numbers, by rank and unit, currently operating in the Metropolitan Police Service’s specialist units?

Written response from the Mayor
The table attached in Appendix 5 shows the actual strength of each unit within Specialist Crime and Operations and Specialist Operations as at 31 January 2013, broken down by rank.

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PCSO strength
Question No: 579 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide London’s PCSO strength by month and by Borough from Oct 2012 to date?

Written response from the Mayor
PCSO strength data is available on the London datastore at:

http://data.london.gov.uk/datastorefiles/datafiles/crime-community-safety/mps-figures_Dec12.xls

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams (1)
Question No: 580 / 2013Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of Sergeant, Police Officer and PCSO vacancies per Borough and per ward?

Written response from the Mayor
The vacancies attached in Appendix 6 should be seen in the context of an establishment projected at the beginning of the financial year (now almost 11 months ago). Subsequently, the new policing model which is being consulted on in the Police and Crime Plan has been developed. That model sees greater use of PCs and reduced numbers of PCSOs and anticipates that many current PCSOs will have the opportunity to become PCs. In the light of this, boroughs have not been recruiting to fill all of the PCSO vacancies which arise.

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams (2)
Question No: 581 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a table of current Safer Neighbourhood Team Strength, per borough and per ward including any vacancies?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ 580/ 2013 

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Police Officer Numbers
Question No: 582 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of budgeted and actual police officers detailing their pay-grade, rank and job description per borough for May 2010, Oct 2011 and the latest available figures.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Police Recruits
Question No: 583 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police recruits were in the Met’s intake in December 2012 and January 2013?

Written response from the Mayor
147 commenced their training in November 2012. Successful candidates are due to be attested as police officers in April 2013. Additionally, 134 graduates have been selected to commence training in April 2013. The Met recruits offices in tranches as and when required, rather than on a monthly basis.

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Serious Youth Violence
Question No: 584 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You currently provide a breakdown of Serious Youth Violence on the GLA Datastore.

Could you please provide a breakdown of Serious Youth Violence offences by age-group from 2008 to date?

Written response from the Mayor
The table below shows a breakdown of Serious Youth Violence offences by age group from 2008 to date.

 

Financial Year

Age group

Under 10

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

2008/09

136

41

127

228

437

699

933

987

986

1130

970

2009/10

131

39

129

231

414

689

961

1023

1035

1114

1010

2010/11

97

42

122

254

428

762

1023

1050

1026

1081

987

2011/12

91

34

113

310

564

840

1054

1017

975

987

914

Apr 2012 – Jan 2013

82

32

73

189

307

457

583

631

626

637

560

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Pan-London investigative units
Question No: 585 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In answer to Mayor’s questions 360-362/2013 you said “All pan-London investigative units and their areas of responsibility are being reviewed under the “Met Change” programme. Once plans have been outlined, I will be in a position to share these.” When can we expect these plans to be outlined?

When can we expect you to be able to share?

Written response from the Mayor
Detailed proposals of the “Met Change” programme will be ready by July 2013.

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Enfield’s HGV cycling safety measures (1)
Question No: 586 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Heavy goods vehicles are responsible for 50 5 of all deaths involving cyclists in London. Will you congratulate London Borough of Enfield on their Cycling Action Plan which involves safety devices being fitted on side guard rails, mirror systems including Fresnel lenses and stickers warning cyclists not to undertake; and encourage other London Boroughs to follow suit?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Enfield’s HGV cycling safety measures (2)
Question No: 587 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The London Borough of Enfield are also promoting the Safe Urban Driving course for their own fleet of HGV drivers in order to prevent accidents with cyclists. Will you encourage other London Boroughs to promote similar cyclist awareness training?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Chase Farm Hospital
Question No: 588 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Will you join concerned residents in making representations to the Secretary of State for Health asking him to stop the downgrading of vital services at ChaseFarmHospital?

Written response from the Mayor
I understand that this initial proposal was put out to consultation in 2007, and that it has recently been given local approval. It is not for me to duplicate local processes that have been undertaken. However, like other proposed changes my Health Team and I will be watching this matter. We would expect to see the proposals implemented in such a way that they do not have a negative impact on health inequalities, and that vulnerable groups are not disproportionately disadvantaged.

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Whittington Hospital (1)
Question No: 589 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Will you join concerned residents in making representations to the Secretary of State for Health against the proposed sale of half of the WhittingtonHospital site which would close three wards, shed 350 jobs and create an annual cap of 4000 births at the hospital?

Written response from the Mayor
I understand the concern about proposed changes to the NHS. My overall priority is that Londoners have access to the high quality care that they need, both now and in the future.

As I have said I expect to see any proposals implemented in such a way that they do not have a negative impact on health inequalities, and that vulnerable groups are not disproportionately disadvantaged.

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Whittington Hospital (2)
Question No: 590 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Do you share my concerns that the plans for the WhittingtonHospital were not shared with key stakeholders and the public in an open and transparent way with pre-consultation, but only came to public attention following a story in the ‘New Journal’?

Written response from the Mayor
I understand the public’s concern about proposed changes to the NHS, and would therefore expect key stakeholders and the public to be consulted on proposals and to have their views taken into account. I understand that in this particular case the Trust has begun extensive public engagement, including arranging a number of meetings with stakeholders and the public in the upcoming weeks. I am aware that the first meeting was held on the evening of Monday 25th February. I would encourage local residents to have their say by participating in these consultation meetings.

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Enfield Food Bank
Question No: 591 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I visited Enfield food bank to see what work is being done to ensure that people do not go hungry in my constituency. It is a great example of local people caring for others in their community who are in need. However, is it not scandalous that Londoners have to rely on food banks in order to survive? What measures are you taking to alleviate this situation?

Written response from the Mayor
Foodbanks have a role to play in providing food for those in greatest need and we have supported similar initiatives through Team London. However, it is important that as few people as possible in London are hungry in the first place.

You will know that your London Assembly colleague Fiona Twycross AM recently undertook an investigation into food poverty and her recommendations will be with me soon. Rosie Boycott’s London Food Board is also looking at food poverty too and Rosie is developing a number of projects to help people have greater access to healthy food.

To help children most at risk of going hungry I announced in January a new partnership between the Mayor’s Fund for London and Magic Breakfast to feed 5,000 hungry children with free, healthy breakfasts in 50 schools in Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

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South Tottenham station
Question No: 592 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I am pleased to see that Access for All funding has been allocated to improve access at South Tottenham station. However, I have been contacted by a resident concerned that the proposed plans will increase congestion at the gate-line and loss of covered passenger waiting space. Can you please ensure that these plans are reviewed to take account of these concerns?

Written response from the Mayor
I am delighted that Access for All funding has been secured to install lifts at South Tottenham station.

The detailed plans, which are still being developed, will take account of the need not to increase congestion or reduced the covered waiting space.

Please note that the station does not currently have a gateline.

 

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