December 2013 Mayor’s Question Time answers

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

‘Ready for Business’ programme
Question No: 2013/4873
Joanne McCartney

I have been contacted by a resident who attended the National Enterprise Network conference in November and was interested to hear that the ‘Ready for Business’ programme, part funded by the Regional Growth Fund and matched by Barclays, was going well but is not delivered in London.  The only mainstream support available in London is the New Enterprise Allowance and Start Up Loan Fund.  Would you be able to look into providing a programme like this in London?

Written response from the Mayor
I do not believe there is a shortage of business support in London. The London business support marketplace offers a wide range of products and services from public and private sector organisations that address the need of SMEs. My London Enterprise Panel is therefore focusing on trying to help in the co-ordination of the provision of this fragmented landscape of support and encouraging activity that addresses key issues for London SMEs seeking to grow their business, including access to finance, export support and workspace provision.

I am happy to ask officers to look at your constituent’s individual case to see if there are programmes which the GLA supports that could be of assistance.

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Cycle Task Force (1)
Question No: 2013/4874
Joanne McCartney

Following on from MQ 1571/2013, can you outline the job description of the Cycle Task Force and whether they specifically focus on enforcing the rules of the road?

Written response from the Mayor
The TfL-funded MPS Cycle Task Force supports the Mayor’s ambition to increase the number of people cycling in London by focusing its efforts on improving cycle safety and reducing cycle theft, both are key barriers to cycling. The team’s primary responsibilities focus on two main areas:

  • Education, engagement and enforcement to make London’s roads safer for cyclists, by promoting responsible road use. This includes enforcing the rules of the road, taking a balanced approach between motorists and cyclists, and tackling careless, risky and dangerous road use which puts lives at risk. They also run the award winning Exchanging Places events and engage with businesses and communities to promote safer cycling and responsible road use.
  • Crime prevention and investigation activities to reduce cycle theft.  This includes activities such as running bike marking events, giving out crime prevention advice to cyclists, disrupting the market in stolen bikes, and running covert operations to target prolific offenders.

The team works closely with other teams across the MPS to promote cycle safety and reduce cycle theft across London.

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Cycle Task Force (2)
Question No: 2013/4875
Joanne McCartney

When will the number of the Cycle Task Force be increased from 39 to 50?

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

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Cycle Task Force (3)
Question No: 2013/4876
Joanne McCartney

Can you break down by borough how will the 50 Cycle Task Force officers be deployed across London?

Written response from the Mayor
The officers in the TfL-funded Cycle Task Force (CTF) are not allocated to individual boroughs. The CTF deals with pan-London issues and deploys to priority locations across the Capital based on intelligence.

The CTF works closely with the 32 borough based Safer Transport Teams which have a shared responsibility for improving cycle safety and reducing cycle theft in their local areas.

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Buses stopping near kerb
Question No: 2013/4877
Joanne McCartney

Can you tell me how many complaints TfL have received about buses not stopping near the kerb, causing difficulty for elderly people, people with pushchairs and buggies or those who have mobility difficulties?

Written response from the Mayor
There were 156 complaints of this nature for the 12 months December 2012 to November 2013.

Although a low number of complaints compared to usage, TfL is actively seeking to reduce these further. TfL’s Bus Stop Accessibility programme will ensure that 95 per cent of bus stops meet accessibility criteria by the end of 2016. Bus driver training includes the ‘delivering an inclusive bus service’ module, which includes understanding the barriers faced by mobility impaired passengers. Aligning the bus with the kerb is also part of core driver training, but it should be noted that in some cases drivers cannot park close to the kerb due to obstructions, such as parked cars.

Please let TfL know if you have any specific complaints from constituents and they will be happy to investigate further.

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Unemployment rate in Tottenham
Question No: 2013/4878
Joanne McCartney

Tottenham currently has the highest unemployment rate in London which stands at 6.8 per cent.  What action are you taking to tackle this?

Written response from the Mayor
I am working with Haringey Council on a number of projects in Tottenham to improve people’s opportunities and chances of securing employment. In particular;

  • I am directly funding a new Enterprise Centre at 639 Tottenham to offer people affordable workspace where people and new businesses are mentored and supported through the early days and years of their business idea
  • I am also directly funding a new employment and skills project to provide people with the skills necessary to secure work and to provide businesses with the support to help them grow
  • I am also working with Haringey Council to help them put in place a long term employment and skills programme for Tottenham

In addition, the Skills & Employment Working Group of the London Enterprise Panel is tasked with ensuring that all Londoners have the ability to compete for the opportunities available in London’s jobs market. To do this, they are developing the ESI Funds London strategy, which will invest around £451m from 2014-220 into Skills and Employment programmes using European Social Funding to support Londoners into or to progress within work. This is feeding into our work in Tottenham.

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Unemployment rate in Haringey
Question No: 2013/4879
Joanne McCartney

What is the youth unemployment rate in Haringey? What action are you taking to tackle this?

Written response from the Mayor
I am conscious that youth unemployment across London and in Haringey is an issue that needs to be addressed. Today (using 2011 census date) the youth (16 to 24 years of age) unemployment level is 24% (of those who are searching for work), which is higher than the London average of 22%.

To address this I am working closely with Haringey Council to deliver a range of employment and skills project in the borough and in Tottenham. Unemployment is an issue across all age groups and the work I am funding is geared towards providing people of all ages with the skills necessary to secure employment and also provide businesses with the support necessary to grow so they can take on additional staff.

In addition, the Skills & Employment Working Group of the London Enterprise Panel is tasked with ensuring that all Londoners have the ability to compete for the opportunities available in London’s jobs market. To do this, they are developing the ESI Funds London strategy, which will invest around £451m from 2014-220 into Skills and Employment programmes using European Social Funding to support Londoners into or to progress within work. This is feeding into our work in Haringey.

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Unemployment rate in Enfield
Question No: 2013/4880
Joanne McCartney

What is the youth unemployment rate in Enfield? What action are you taking to tackle this?

Written response from the Mayor
I am conscious that youth unemployment across London and in Enfield is an issue that needs to be addressed. Today (using 2011 census date) the youth (16 to 24 years of age) unemployment level is 25% (of those who are searching for work), which is higher than the London average of 22%.

To address this, I am providing support to North East Enfield through the Outer London Fund. Part of the funding is for the refurbishment and extension of the Enfield Business Centre in Enfield Highway. There is a target of 100 people under the age of 29 receiving business support or training, and 100 young people placed in apprenticeships, as a result of this funding.

Enfield is also receiving support from the Mayors Regeneration Fund for the Market Gardening project aiming to create 20 new work experience positions and 2 new apprenticeships, as well as supporting new SME’s and several schools.

In addition, the Skills & Employment Working Group of the London Enterprise Panel is tasked with ensuring that all Londoners have the ability to compete for the opportunities available in London’s jobs market. To do this, they are developing the ESI Funds London strategy, which will invest around £451m (£37m of which is Youth Employment Initiative funding) from 2014-20 into Skills and Employment programmes using European Social Funding to support Londoners into or to progress within work.

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Waste capacity in North London
Question No: 2013/4881
Joanne McCartney

A resident has raised their concerns with the potential over-capacity in waste management in North London due to the North London Waste Alliance striving to surpass your targets instead of basing it on the latest waste figures.  The resident has asked what action you are taking to ensure that there is not a potential waste of resources in your waste management plans?

Written response from the Mayor
I do not produce waste management plans. The London Plan uses the best available data at the time to apportion tonnes of waste that each borough must manage, either jointly or individually. Forecasting waste arising is a notoriously difficult business and so boroughs in developing their waste plans rarely if ever plan for exactly their apportionment, as there is always a margin of error. My Officers advise to err on the side of caution but ultimately decisions on waste capacity need are rightly made at the local level.

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Waste capacity in London
Question No: 2013/4882
Joanne McCartney

How are you ensuring that waste in London is being dealt with according to the waste hierarchy introduced by the EU Waste Framework Directive?  What actions are you taking to ensure we prevent creating unnecessary waste, and we reuse and recycle instead?

Written response from the Mayor
The waste hierarchy is at the heart of my Municipal and Business Waste Strategies. In implementing the hierarchy, priority is given to reduction, reuse and recycling activities achieving the greatest environmental and economic benefits. This is being demonstrated in partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board through:

  • A £4.6m Efficiency Programme supporting boroughs deliver reduce, reuse and recycling communication programmes, new recycling services, and helping boroughs identify savings on their waste and recycling  services
  • Funding support for a London Reuse Network, two anaerobic digestion facilities, and a plastics recycling plant
  • FoodSave – a project delivered in partnership with the European Regional Development Fund to support London SMEs reduce food waste

More information on these activities can be found at www.lwarb.gov.uk and http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/putting-waste-good-use/foodsave.

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Electric Vehicles (1)
Question No: 2013/4883
Joanne McCartney

Could you provide me with a breakdown of the number of electric vehicles in London by borough?

Written response from the Mayor
DVLA data for electric and hybrid vehicles confirms that there are currently some 3,000 pure electric and 32,500 hybrid electric vehicles registered in London. Unfortunately, the DVLA does not provide this data by borough so TfL is unable to provide a breakdown of the number of electric vehicles in London by borough.

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Electric Vehicles (2)
Question No: 2013/4884
Joanne McCartney

Could you provide me with the number of electric vehicle charging points broken down by borough?

Written response from the Mayor
The following table shows the number of Source London charge points broken down by each London borough. Please note that each total includes charge points installed by the local authority and private partners within the boroughs boundary.

Chargepoint by Borough location Total
Barking & Dagenham 8
Barnet 37
Bexley 10
Brent 25
Bromley 26
Camden 62
City of London 54
Croydon 42
Ealing 23
Enfield 52
Greenwich 31
Hackney 37
Hammersmith & Fulham 34
Haringey 23
Harrow 38
Havering 16
Hillingdon 55
Hounslow 41
Islington 17
Kensington & Chelsea 14
Kingston upon Thames 47
Lambeth 6
Lewisham 25
Merton 6
Newham 147
Redbridge 47
Richmond upon Thames 10
Southwark 50
Sutton 19
Tower Hamlets 23
Waltham Forest 19
Wandsworth 24
Westminster 252


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Food Poverty
Question No: 2013/4885
Joanne McCartney

Haringey Food Bank and Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen are expecting to see a rise in demand of their services in the run up to Christmas.  What action are you taking to ensure that Londoners do not go hungry this winter?

Written response from the Mayor
My food team continues to have a close focus on food poverty issues. Earlier this year they helped to launch the London Food Map which helps Londoners, and referral agencies, to identify sources of food for people in food poverty.

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Bus between Barnet, Chase Farm and Middlesex Hospitals
Question No: 2013/4886
Joanne McCartney

Can you outline the discussions you have had, if any, with Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals and North Middlesex Hospital regarding the trial shuttle bus being provided?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL was a member of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Clinical Strategy Transport group at which the issue of providing the shuttle bus service was discussed The provision of the Shuttle Bus services between Barnet, Chase Farm, and North Middlesex is a service developed and delivered by the NHS.

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A406 junction with Milton Grove in Enfield
Question No: 2013/4887
Joanne McCartney

Further to MQ 2100/2013 can you provide me with an update on the monitoring that took place in the summer and when you expect to make your decision?  Have you also taken into account that people’s travelling habits may change during the winter months?  Can you outline what updates you have provided local residents?

Written response from the Mayor
Monitoring for the Milton Grove trial scheme is continuing and will be complete by early March 2014.  This follows a 12 month period to account for changes in travel patterns due to seasonal variation.

TfL undertook engagement with residents before the trial was implemented. A further update is planned for February 2014 when the outcome of the trial is known and TfL will be engaging with yourself and residents regarding this.


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A406
Question No: 2013/4888
Joanne McCartney

I am receiving increasing complaints from local residents in Enfield regarding the increasing traffic on the A406.  What action are you taking to monitor and resolve this situation?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL monitors Journey Time Reliability and key Traffic Flows along the A406. TfL is aware that in line with the economic recovery traffic flow has increased along the A406, and although TfL cannot directly influence traffic flow, it does use a range of measures to try and limit congestion caused by these increases.

This financial year, Signal Timing Reviews have been carried out at traffic signal groups around Bounds Green/A406, and in line with your enquiry, TfL will also be looking at further reviews in next year’s programme.

In the longer term, TfL is looking at how best to implement the recommendations of the Roads Task Force, which will have an influence on the A406 and its surrounding roads.


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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme Quarter 2
Question No: 2013/4889
Joanne McCartney

Following on from MQ 2013/4211 could you please provide a breakdown on the number of referrals, mentors and matches per borough for Quarter 2?

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

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Electric bike trial in Haringey (1)
Question No: 2013/4890
Joanne McCartney

Following on from MQ 2013/4214, when do you expect to have the details of the length of trial, cost and potential take up for the e-bike trial in Haringey?

Written response from the Mayor
The results from the feasibility study are expected in summer 2014.

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Electric bike trial in Haringey (2)
Question No: 2013/4891
Joanne McCartney

Following on from MQ 2013/4216, when will you make your decision on where the 30 e-bikes to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will be deployed?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS will provide a full timetable and pilot plan in January once expressions of interest from E-bike suppliers have been received. The pilot will start soon after the MPS receives the E-Bikes.

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Crossrail 2 (1)
Question No: 2013/4892
Joanne McCartney

Given that 84 per cent of respondents to the Crossrail 2 consultation supported the regional option for Crossrail 2, do you support the regional or metro route?

Written response from the Mayor
In order to support London’s future growth, TfL and Network Rail are developing proposals for a second Crossrail line across London. While the consultation identified very strong overall support for the project, it also highlighted that the preference of both the public and stakeholders was for the regional option. The work TfL and Network Rail have undertaken to date also supports this view, based on the broad range of benefits such a new line could provide. However, further work is necessary to ensure the optimal option and route is to be pursued, and therefore, TfL and Network Rail are undertaking more work to assess the options and develop the case, prior to reaching any final decision on a preferred option.

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Crossrail 2 (2)
Question No: 2013/4893
Joanne McCartney

Can you confirm that all stations on the Crossrail 2 route will be fully accessible to all passengers?

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

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Quietways in Haringey
Question No: 2013/4894
Joanne McCartney

When will the Quietways be implemented in Haringey?  How long will you monitor them to ensure they are safe and to measure the uptake?

Written response from the Mayor
The Quietways are a ten year programme offering a high-quality network of guided routes on back streets, through parks and along canal towpaths. Construction on the first routes will begin in 2014 and the locations of these routes will be announced in the New Year.

TfL is building on the existing pan-London cycling monitoring programme which will cover the infrastructure delivered as part of my Cycling Vision.  The results of this monitoring will be used to develop and improve each Cycling Vision programme to ensure they are contributing effectively to my overall cycling strategy and the 5 per cent cycling mode share target in my transport strategy.

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Metropolitan Open Land (1)
Question No: 2013/4895
Joanne McCartney

A resident has contacted me to ask how many hectares of Metropolitan Open Land in London have been built on each year since 2000?

Written response from the Mayor
The GLA does not hold accurate records for the period prior to 2009 but since then it is believed that in subsequent years the following areas of MoL have been developed:

2009 0.15 ha

2010 0.12 ha

2011 10.55 ha

2012 2.58 ha

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Metropolitan Open Land (2)
Question No: 2013/4896
Joanne McCartney

A resident has contacted me to ask what action are you taking to protect green belt and Metropolitan Open Land from development?

Written response from the Mayor
In my London Plan, I am very clear that “the strongest protection should be given to London Green Belt, in accordance with national guidance. Inappropriate development should be refused, except in very special circumstances. Development will be supported if it is appropriate and helps secure the objectives of improving the Green Belt as set out in national guidance”

The Plan provides a similar strong level of protection to Metropolitan Open Land, adding that “essential ancillary facilities for appropriate uses will only be acceptable where they maintain the openness of MOL”.

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Question: Safer Neighbourhood Teams/Local Policing Teams
Question No: 2013/4897
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of PC, Sergeant and PCSO actual strength and vacancy levels per Borough and per Ward for September 2013 for London’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams/Local Policing Teams? Please provide this information in the same format as the appendix provided to question 3235/2012

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

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Question: Emergency Call Responses (1)
Question No: 2013/4898
Joanne McCartney

Please outline categories that the MPS use to classify different kinds of Emergency 999 calls, please also give the target response time the MPS has set for itself to respond to these different types of call.

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

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Question: Emergency Call Responses (2)
Question No: 2013/4899
Joanne McCartney

Please give the number of emergency calls, by category per borough and per month for the past 24 months please include what number and percentage of the calls were responded to within the target time.

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

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Question: Emergency Call Responses (3)
Question No: 2013/4900
Joanne McCartney

Does your data recording show the number of calls that were miscoded? If so, please share the number of miscoded calls per Borough for the past 24 months.

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

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Question: FGM: flights to and from high-risk countries
Question No: 2013/4901
Joanne McCartney

What protocols exist or actions are you and the MPS taking with the UKBA regarding monitoring flights of high risk individuals to countries where FGM is prevalent?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS has assured me that processes are in place to ensure the safety of individuals at risk of FGM being taken abroad to countries where FGM is prevalent. This includes, FGM awareness training which has been provided by the MPS to UKBA staff at Heathrow airport.

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Question: MPS Professional Standards Budget
Question No: 2013/4903
Joanne McCartney

Do you know how much of the Met’s Professional Standards Budget will be reallocated to funding the IPCC?

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

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Question: Rise in reported rape
Question No: 2013/4904
Joanne McCartney

How many of the reported rape cases in the past year (rolling 12 months) have arisen from historic allegations and how many from recent incidents?

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

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Ringslade Rat Run, N22 (1)
Question No: 2013/4905
Joanne McCartney

There is an on-going issue with ‘rat running’ on Ringslade Road/Watsons Road in Haringey. I understand that TfL rejected the possibility of creating a right turn at Wood Green Station (for all Vehicles) into Station Rd which will help to alleviate the pressure on Ringslade road/Watsons road. What actions are you taking to prevent the ‘rat running’ and resolve the issue?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL has not rejected the possibility of creating a right turn at Wood Green Station (A105 High Road) into Station Road.

As the A105 forms part of London’s Strategic Road Network, TfL have requested a detailed investigation into the level of impact that this new manoeuvre would have on traffic along the High Road.

The London Borough of Haringey is leading on this investigation and has commissioned Halcrow Ltd to model the traffic impact of the proposed right turn.  A report has very recently been completed and the borough will need to review the findings internally before discussing these with TfL and other interested parties.  An informed discussion is expected with all parties early in the New Year.

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Ringslade Rat Run, N22 (2)
Question No: 2013/4906
Joanne McCartney

Is the report by TfL on Ringslade Road/Watsons Road due this month now ready? If so, can it be made public and where it can be found? Can you also ensure that I receive a copy.

Written response from the Mayor
The London Borough of Haringey is leading on this study and have commissioned Halcrow Ltd to undertake the required traffic modelling.  A report has very recently been received by LB Haringey and borough officers will need to review the findings internally before discussing these with TfL and other interested parties.  A full and informed discussion around the report is expected early in the New Year. I will ask TfL to make sure you receive a copy of the report when it is published.

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Question: Shop-lifting (1)
Question No: 2013/4907
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the number of shop-lifting offences per year over the past 4 years (rolling 12 months).

Written response from the Mayor
A Count of Theft from Shop Offences by rolling 12 months (1 December to 30 November):

2009/10                                42587

2010/11                                39068

2011/12                                37040

2012/13                                36819

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Question: Shop-lifting (2)
Question No: 2013/4908
Joanne McCartney

Does the MPS hold data on shop-lifting by type of item stolen? If so please provide a breakdown of shop-lifting offences per year over the past 4 years (rolling 12 months) by item type.

Written response from the Mayor
A list of items stolen in shop-lifting offences is attached as Appendix 4. More than one item may have been stolen per offence which is why totals do not sum to those provided in MQ 4907/2013.

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Question: MPS Status Dogs Unit
Question No: 2013/4909
Joanne McCartney

Please provide the annual kennelling costs for dogs retrieved by the Status Dogs unit for the past three financial years.

Written response from the Mayor
The costs of the annual kenneling for dogs retrieved by the Status Dogs Unit for the past three financial years are:

2010/11 £2,748,875
2011/12 £1,763,043
2012/13 £1,827,592

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