New evidence has revealed that in many parts of London there has been a sharp rise in the number of vulnerable children who have gone missing from the care of the capital's local authorities in the last year.
The report, London's Children: Missing From Care, launched today by London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, provides a picture of how many children have gone missing and how many times, using freedom of information requests sent to all 32 London boroughs.
The report was able to compare information from 21 London boroughs with similar information collected last year and it is now possible to accurately compare the changes between 2013 and 2014 in 11 London Boroughs.
In these 11 boroughs, 231 vulnerable children went missing for more than 24 hours in 2013. A year later in 2014 the number of runaway children had risen to 504 - an increase of 118 per cent.
Some examples of the rise in runaway children include:
- Enfield: 110 children went missing from care 251 times in the last year. Between 2013 and 2014 the number of children going missing from care increased by 358 per cent from 24 to 110. A closer examination of the statistics shows a 722 per cent increase in missing children in borough placements
- Brent: 93 children went missing from care on 172 occasions last year. Between 2013 to 2014 the number of children going missing from care increased by 94 per cent from 48 to 93 children.
- Camden: 65 children went missing from care 151 times last year. Between 2013 and 2014 the number of children going missing from care increased by 51 per cent from 43 to 65.
- ·Lewisham: between 2013 and 2014 the number of children going missing from care increased by 164 per cent from 28 to 74 children.
Network Rail and Thameslink bosses face the London Assembly's Transport Committee later.
Rail executives will be questioned over recent overcrowding and chaos at London Bridge station.
Commuters faced weeks of disruption because of reconstruction work at the station.
Deputy Mayor Victoria Borwick has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Kensington, in the General Election.
She hinted today that election in May could see her step down as Boris Johnson's deputy so she could focus on her local constituency.
New figures obtained by a London Assembly member have revealed that Transport for London is planning to cut around a fifth of staff working in stations across the network.
The proposals would see staffing cut at 216 stations with around 588 workers due to be cut in total across the network.
London Assembly Labour group transport spokesman Val Shawcross said the impact would vary across the capital but some stations could see as much as a 58% reduction in staff.
The following guests will discuss London's taxi and private hire services later today:
- Matthew Daus, US guest & President, International Association of Transportation Regulators
- John Stewart, Chair of Policy Committee, London Travelwatch
- Seema Chandwani, Policy and Services Manager, Suzy Lamplugh Trust
- Faryal Velmi, Director, Transport for All
- John Dickie, Director of Strategy & Policy, London First
Over 300,000 trips a day are made in taxis and minicabs - and as the taxi debate in London heats up, the London Assembly Transport Committee begins a timely investigation today into taxi and private hire services in London.
The London Assembly will investigate if taxi and private hire services are meeting passenger needs, how can safety be improved, and can London learn any lessons from the experiences of New York and other world cities?
The London Assembly is to examine whether the capital's health services can cope with future demand on resources.
Demand for healthcare is expected to grow by four per cent each year, which could mean an NHS funding gap of £30bn by 2020.
A London Assembly report has found that the Metropolitan Police has failed to make a "convincing case" for buying three water cannon.
The police and crime committee says that, with no specific intelligence of disorder, it is unclear why there is a "rush" to get them.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is consulting on plans to pay up to £100,000 each for three second-hand water cannon from Germany.
The Met has said the water cannon would be "rarely seen and rarely used" and it claims to have public support for the idea.
The vehicles have been used in Northern Ireland but they are not currently authorised in mainland Britain.
The home secretary must approve their introduction in England and Wales.