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Despite savage cuts from Tory & Lib Dem Ministers since 2010, Southwark's Labour council has built 535 council homes in the last four years with 1,000 more in the pipeline. 

Today I asked if new Government plans will enable the council to build the genuinely affordable and council homes our community needs - and if they'll end Right to Buy being used by people not seeking a home but a cash-cow property to rent.

 

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Genuinely affordable homes for our community

Despite savage cuts from Tory & Lib Dem Ministers since 2010, Southwark's Labour council has built 535 council homes in the last four years with 1,000 more in the pipeline. Today...

Counter Terror Bill work – an update

The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill has now completed Commons committee stages. I asked to be on the committee following the terror attack on London Bridge and Borough Market in the constituency last June. The Bill was a chance to raise some of the issues that affected the local community following that attack.

A win

The Bill brought forward an update to terror insurance that I have asked for since last June. That is to include ‘non-physical’ damage to firms in areas attacked by terrorists under coverage offered by the Government-backed Pool Reinsurance system. Before now, only physical damage to premises could be covered. In SE1 that meant businesses who lost produce, stock, had staff leave and needed to recruit, lost contracts or bookings all had no protection from the Government.

The Bill should mean that UK employers are better protected in future, wherever an attack might occur.

Coverage could have been backdated under this Bill to better help those affected by last year’s attacks. The Government was warned in advance of the need to cover ‘non-physical’ damage but ignored advice. The Minister claimed Government’s do not retrofit provisions – despite the retrofitting of laws like the Bedroom Tax for example, which hit hundreds of thousands of people. Retrospective coverage would have helped the London Bridge and Borough Market area where 150 businesses lost around £2 million due to the attack last year but, after thirteen months of waiting for central Government support, traders were denied assistance.

Instead, the Minister offered to meet to develop a ‘compensation’ plan of some description which I hope the council and City Hall will help develop in conjunction with Borough Market Trust and the businesses directly affected.

Other amendments

I raised several other amendments which were discussed on committee, including:

  • Introducing an annual review to ensure Government backed systems were kept up to date, in the face of any further changes to the kind of attacks we might experience;
  • Better systems of more swiftly classifying acts of terror to prevent insurers withholding help;
  • Boosting take-up of insurance to protect from attacks and their potential impact; and
  • Covering the use of rented vehicles in terror attacks.

Ending profits from terrorism

The Government sadly blocked my efforts to prevent anyone profiting from public donations to terror attack victims and communities.

Online platforms that help collect and pass on donations to the people who have experienced attacks often take not just their admin fees or obligatory charges for the charities involved, they also take revenues. They make money from the attacks.

After the May 2017 Manchester Arena bomb, people donated £5.5million to help the families affected. But JustGiving took £277,000 from this on top of admin fees and charges. I think this is unacceptable and sought to end this grim practice of creaming off donations. The Government voted it down sadly, although suggested the Treasury and other departments are examining this and related issues for regulations further down the line.

Next

The Bill will soon have Commons Report Stage and will then go to the House of Lords for similar scrutiny.

 

 

Counter Terror Bill work - an update

Counter Terror Bill work – an update The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill has now completed Commons committee stages. I asked to be on the committee following the terror attack...

Today I visited Transport for London (TfL) headquarters in Southwark. Today, TfL changes to the northern line mean the Bank branch is closed form Kennington station until mid September affecting about 35,000 people daily.

Commuters are advised to get on the right branch at their home station and not seek to change as the impact will mostly be felt at Stockwell, Kennington and Elephant and Castle. No additional bus services are available. TfL are providing about 20 extra staff at the main stations affected as well as distributing lots of leaflets and making announcements about the changes.

The change results from platform level works linking the two branches for passengers. TfL did not advertise the closure until very recently and made no mention of works during the public inquiry into the northern line extension and its impact in Southwark and Lambeth. Local people will experinece much of the inconvenience of the works, including this enforced closure and the new shafts, but few of the benefits. I am still pushing for Kennington's rezoning (to Zone 1) to be brought forward when the closure ends in September.

TfL information on the changes can be found at: https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/kennington-improvements and if you need a Personal Journey Plan updating to reflect the changes please contact TfL directly.

 

Northern Line extension impact on Kennington station

Today I visited Transport for London (TfL) headquarters in Southwark. Today, TfL changes to the northern line mean the Bank branch is closed form Kennington station until mid September affecting...

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