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New plan to protect future of London's smallest theatres

Some of the capital's lesser known theatres are at risk of closing unless more is done to help them survive, according to a new report from the London Assembly.

Almost half of London's 105 smaller venues feel insecure about their financial future, while more than a third are anxious that their venue might be sold to developers.

The report, named 'Centre Stage, will set out an action plan to help protect small theatres from closure.

Recommendations include appointing a new ambassador for small theatres and allowing venues to advertise on public transport by replacing out of date posters or filling empty spaces.

Assembly to examine homeless scheme

St Mungo's Trust and Thames Reach are helping to reach 831 people sleeping rough on the capital's streets Credit: ITV London

The London Assembly is to examine the capital's first Social Impact Bond - a new way to fund social projects using private investment.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, introduced one of these bonds in November 2012 to target more than 800 people sleeping rough on London's streets.

The three-year scheme allows charities, social investment companies and individuals to contribute to social projects, and all could make a profit if key targets are met.

The London Assembly's Budget and Performance Committee is to examine those behind the approach, to find out if it's working.


Mayor's air pollution measures examined

Experts will discuss if Boris Johnson is doing enough to improve London's air quality at a meeting of the London Assembly's Environment Committee later this morning.

Guests including the Mayor's Environmental adviser will answer questions from the Committee on Boris' plans to reduce air pollution.

The Mayor's measures include plans to ensure that by 2020 the vast majority of vehicles in the capital's centre during the working day emit low or zero emissions.

He has also suggested plans to introduce an Ultra Low Emissions Zone in central London.


Mayor's Question Time suspended after protests

The London Mayor's Question Time was temporarily suspended after anti-cuts protesters disrupt the conference. The London Fire Brigade Union claimed the protesters were firefighters:

Mayor to face questions on emergency service cuts

Mayor of London Boris Johnson Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The Mayor of London is expected to face questions on proposed changes to the fire service when he faces assembly members later.

A consultation on the controversial plans to close 12 fire stations and cut 520 firefighters' jobs in London closed on Monday.

Calls for an end to Heathrow night flights

The London Assembly believe flights should be reduced to 'an absolute minimum'

The London Assembly is calling for an end to Heathrow night flights to stop the noise disturbing the sleep of thousands of people.

The Health and Environment Committee believe they should be reduced to 'an absolute minimum' at the very least.

If a reduction is not possible they are calling for planes to land from the West, rather than the east. Which would reduce noise disturbance for around 110,000 people.

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