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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:

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Amazing scenes: Mayor's Question Time suspended as gallery breaks out into chant of "No ifs, not buts, no fire service cuts."

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Assembly members leave the chamber as Mayor's Question Time suspended. Massive anger directed towards mayor.

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Incredible scenes at City Hall. Mayor's Question Time suspended as angry firefighters stand up and break into prolonged chant against cuts.

Mayor to face questions on emergency service cuts

Mayor of London Boris Johnson
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.

Unions have warned that some of the capital's most historic buildings will be at risk if the cuts go ahead.

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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.

Mayor asked to clarify policing statistics

Boris Johnson has been asked to clarify figures on police numbers by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). Credit: Reuters, Phil Noble.

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has asked Boris Johnson to clarify figures on police numbers.

The chairman of the UKSA, Andrew Dilnot, has written to the mayor asking him to publish a "reconciliation" between different sets of figures published by the Greater London Authority and the Home Office.

London Assembly Labour Police & Crime spokesperson,Joanne McCartney AM said:

“We know that 2,208 police officers have been lost already in London and we had deep concerns that Boris’ plans for the future of the Metropolitan Police were based on misleading statistics.

"Today’s letter from the UK Statistics Authority confirms that the Mayor’s figures are far from clear, he has been asked to publish an explanation of why his figures differ from the Home Office figures.

"He needs to do this as a matter of urgency so that Londoners can have confidence in his future plans for the Met."

A spokesperson for the Mayor's office said: “The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) acknowledges that there are various sets of figures available for police numbers in London and reasonable explanations for why they differ slightly.

"The UKSA have asked if we would be willing to provide more information to reconcile the statistics we have used with other available statistics, and we are happy to do so in due course.

"The UKSA have not called into question the accuracy of the budgeted figures we are using, which remain the correct baseline for our plans.”

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Councils have limited money for housing benefit relief

The London Assembly has heard that councils have a limited pot of money to provide relief for tenants who face losing housing benefit because they have a spare bedroom. Some tenants are eligible for some extra money if they can prove they need the spare room.

However, Geoff Fimister of Citizen's Advice told the Assembly members that councils' relief is limited so they may not be able to provide relief to all the eligible cases.

See how councils expect the housing benefit reforms to affect them.

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