Late answers from Mayor’s Question Time between October 2012 to October 2013

Below are the answers received after deadline to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne between January and September 2013.

Local Policing Model – Boroughs’ Response
Question No: 3253 / 2012
Joanne McCartney

What has been the main issues and concerns raised to date from individual London Boroughs and London Councils to the MPS stakeholder engagement/’dialogue’ with regard to the new local policing model?

Written response from the Mayor*
Improving public access to policing services is a key part of the local policing model. The MPS carried out detailed analysis across London in relation to the impact of these proposals – this included engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including individual London boroughs. The key themes from this engagement are reflected in the MPS Equality Analysis Plan published on the MPS website at:

http://www.met.police.uk/diversity/docs/publicaccessprojectversionmarch2013.pdf

Individual borough Equality Analysis Plans are also on the MPS website at:

http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Borough-equality-analysis-for-public-access/1400016155322/1400016155322

With regards to wider feedback regarding the impact of the local policing model, MOPAC led on consultation with strategic and local partners. Key themes from this are reflected in MOPAC’s Equality Impact Assessment which can be found on MOPAC’s website at:

http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Equalities%20Impact%20Assessment%20-%20Police%20and%20Crime%20Plan.pdf

Since the implementation of the new model started in June 2013, crime has continued to fall, down 8.4 per cent over the period Oct 12 – Sept 13 compared to the previous 12 month period.

Response times are also improving. The latest figures show an increase in emergency ‘I’ calls responded to within 15 mins; 93.1 per cent against a target of 90 per cent; and an increase in ‘Soon’ calls responded within 60 minutes – 90.8 per cent, against a target of 90 per cent.

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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
I’m afraid that the information could only provide provided at a disproportionate cost to MPS/MOPAC as this is a significant and extensive piece of work to undertake. However, I am aware that details of officer numbers, broken down by borough have been provided previously.

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Funerals of Police Officers
Question No: 2565 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

When a member of the armed services is killed in the service of their country, quite rightly, the MOD pays for the funeral but when a police officer is murdered on duty serving the people of London the funeral expenses are paid for by the Police Federation out of the officers own subscriptions. Do you agree that this arrangement should be reassessed?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS is currently considering whether it would be appropriate to have in place a more formal process for dealing with this most sensitive of issues.

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Question No: 3687 / 2012
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of Safer Neighbourhood Team vacancies for sergeants, constables and PCSOs per ward for October?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ 3694 / 2012.

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New mentoring panel
Question No: 2013/3751
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide details of your new mentoring panel launched September 2013?  Can you explain the function of the new panel and list the members, along with the details of any specific roles members have been asked to perform?

Written response from the Mayor
My Senior Advisor–Mentoring convened a one-off meeting at City Hall of individuals who have expertise in a variety of mentoring approaches. Attendees included Peter Reed, British Olympic Gold medallist rower, Cecil Martin, former NFL star and Andrew Bone, a senior de Beers executive.

There was a discussion about mentoring in general and how valuable it can be to both mentee and mentor; those present discussed the various experiences they had had of mentoring (either professional or personal) and all participants gave their thoughts on how City Hall could improve future youth programmes. There is no further role envisaged for this group of individuals.

Unanswered question
Question No: 2013/3752
Joanne McCartney

Please can you answer MQ 2565/2013 below which was submitted in July 2013.

“When a member of the armed services is killed in the service of their country, quite rightly, the MOD pays for the funeral but when a police officer is murdered on duty serving the people of London the funeral expenses are paid for by the Police Federation out of the officers own subscriptions. Do you agree that this arrangement should be reassessed?”

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ 2565/ 2013.

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Pedestrian crossings in Enfield
Question No: 2013/3728
Joanne McCartney

Further to MQ 0935/2012, there are still ten pedestrian crossings in Enfield which do not have an audible signal or other device to help blind or partially sighted people cross the road safely. I understand that TfL aim to have all signalised pedestrian crossings fitted with either tactile or audible indicators fitted by the end of the financial year 2015/16, but it appears that no work has been carried out in Enfield in the past 18 months.  Can you please tell me what action has been taken and when you expect all crossings to have appropriate warning signs in Enfield as this is a matter of urgency?

Written response from the Mayor
At present 94 per cent of signalised pedestrian crossings in London include facilities for visually impaired pedestrians. TfL is working to meet my commitment that by spring 2016, the remaining 276 signalised pedestrian crossings will be upgraded to include rotating cones and/or audible signals and tactile paving.

In September 2013 TfL engineers carried out investigation into seven sites in Enfield which our records showed did not have tactile cones or audible signals.

Two sites have had work completed this year to upgrade the equipment, including the addition of tactile cones.

There are now five remaining sites in the borough which have neither tactile cones nor audible signals. These will be upgraded and made accessible by spring 2016.

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Crossrail 2
Question No: 2013/3736
Joanne McCartney

What case have you made to HM Treasury in relation to the future funding of Crossrail 2?

Written response from the Mayor
I continue to develop what I believe is an overwhelming case to Government as to why London needs Crossrail 2, primarily to underpin the rapid growth of London, which by 2031 is currently forecast to reach 9.65 million.

In response to my call for support, in June 2013 the Government confirmed £2m would be allocated to TfL to explore funding and finance options for Crossrail 2.

TfL has been working with the DfT and National Rail to agree the scope of this work with a view to completing the study by the end of 2014. When this work has concluded, I will be making a more detailed case to Government on the level of funding required, and my proposed funding package.

In addition, London First is also leading a working group to consider funding opportunities, and both TfL and Network Rail are involved in supporting this work.

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Question: MOPAC Properties
Question No: 2013/3757
Joanne McCartney

In answer to my question 3130/2013 you said that currently there are 8 properties that are set aside for the use of ACPO Officers in the MOPAC Estate. Please share the most up to date valuation of these properties.

Written response from the Mayor
Since my answer to MQ 3130 / 2013, a further property out of MOPAC’s residential estate is now being used by ACPO officers (please also see MQ 3497). The total valuation of these nine properties is £2,284,542.

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