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The London Assembly is calling for more action to help thousands of people going hungry in the capital, including school children.

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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.”


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.

Conservative members walk out of City Hall meeting

Conservative members of the London Assembly walked out of a meeting at City Hall this morning after the Chair Jennette Arnold refused to let one of them ask a question about Labour's policy on welfare changes.

The Assembly was questioning Kate Bell of the Child Poverty Action Group about the welfare reforms but Ms Arnold felt that a question from Conservative member Andrew Boff was inappropriate because it made a political point.

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