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Second day of talks over water cannon

Mayor Boris Johnson's controversial plans to allow the Metropolitan Police to purchase water cannon will come under scrutiny at City Hall for a second day.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh will appear before the Assembly today to answer questions on the Mayor's proposals.

Chair of the Police and Crime Committee Joanne McCartney AM said: "Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said water cannon in London would be 'rarely used and rarely seen'. We have yet to hear a convincing case for when and how they would improve safety for all on London's streets."

Boris's budget criticised

Labour has criticised Boris Johnson's budget for 2014/2015. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The London Assembly budget committee will discuss aspects of the Mayor's draft budget for 2014/15 today.

Labour has criticised the Mayor for failing to address London's "cost of living crisis", claiming that his proposed cut of the Mayoral council tax precept is meaningless compared to the impending rise in travel tickets.


Report: London's economy suffering because jobs market doesn't cater for parents

London's economy is missing out on skills because parents - particularly women - are poorly served by the capital's labour market, which often forces them into lower-paid, less secure part-time jobs, the London Assembly has claimed today.

A new paper from the Assembly's Economy Committee says a lack of affordable flexible childcare is also hindering parents from working in the capital. The Committee claims this represents a waste of a significant proportion of London's skilled workforce.

Plebgate has damaged Metropolitan Police, says chief

The head of Scotland Yard admitted his force has been damaged by the Plebgate controversy but defended his own handling of the affair.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said there was "no doubt some damage had been done".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: PA

He also insisted crime statistics were "generally sound" despite investigations into serious allegations that officers are manipulating them to improve performance records.

One officer is being prosecuted and eight face disciplinary action in the wake of the row over claims - which he disputes - that the then cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell called officers "plebs".

Sir Bernard said soon after the incident that his officers "accurately reported what had happened".

London Assembly to question Police Commissioner

Metropolitan Police Commissioner: Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will question the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on the work of the Metropolitan police later today.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh will also appear.

Crime statistics and student protests are just two of the subjects to be discussed at the meeting.

Olympic legacy plans threatened by 'funding gap'

Regeneration activities planned for the Olympic Park site will only be able to go ahead if millions of pounds of additional funding is set aside, according to a report published today.

The report from the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee warns that community events could be cut if extra funding is not secured.

It argues that the Mayor should set aside at least £12m more funding for the London Legacy Development Corporation between 2015 and 2017 to ensure the planned activities go ahead.


Report out today on London's 'lawless roads'

A report published today from London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones outlines key reforms that could make London's roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposals call for authorities to assume injured pedestrians or cyclists deserve compensation unless it can be proved otherwise.

It also calls for the laws to be adjusted to encourage greater use of driving bans for longer durations.

London Assembly examines City Hall budget

The Committee will look at whether the budget allows Boris Johnson to meet his Mayoral targets. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The London Assembly will examine the City Hall budget today.

The Committee will focus on how decisions are made on possible future investment and which ones are likely to make the cut in the final 2014/15 budget.

Committee Members will also focus on how the spending plans will affect key Mayoral targets to boost growth and create 200,000 new jobs.

Could more be done to help London's homeless?

A homeless person pictured near Westminster Cathedral Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Assembly's Housing Committee will meet later to discuss whether more could be done to help those sleeping rough on London's streets.

The Committee will ask housing experts whether existing schemes are doing enough for those who regularly return to sleep rough, despite initially receiving help.

There are concerns that the No Second Night Out scheme, which aims to ensure no one arriving on the streets will spend a second night there, and the 205 project, which targets London's most entrenched rough sleepers, could be missing opportunities to help those who fit neither category.

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