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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.

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Boris Johnson asked about benefit housing reforms

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Labour's Tom Copley asks about families being evicted or moved because of benefit reforms. @itvlondon

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Boris Johnson replies there is no headcount evidence of a "mass exodus". @itvlondon

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Johnson: talks of "eyewatering sums" of benefit - "Not everybody can live exactly where they want in London." @itvlondon

Mayor Boris Johnson on air pollution

The Mayor said the level of dangerous particulates in the air has been reduced by 15% because of action on encouraging clean vehicles, walking and cycling. He also said he has introduced a plan to bring in an Ultra Low Emission Zone for vehicles in London by 2020.

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Johnson: "I agree this is a serious issue which needs to be tackled." @itvlondon

Mayor questioned over air pollution

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Schoolchildren in the public gallery at City Hall all wearing hi-viz vests. Why? @itvlondon http://t.co/199Ih6ZBdm

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Lib Dem Stephen Knight questions the mayor about the air quality threat to schoolchildren. @itvlondon

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Knight asks mayor to introduce a smog warning system for school children.@itvlondon

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Boris accused of not working hard enough

by Simon Harris, Political Correspondent
Boris has been accused of not working hard enough. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

London mayor Boris Johnson is at the centre of a new row about whether he works hard enough. Opposition politicians on the London Assembly have accused him of abdicating responsibility for important decisions.

The mayor has changed the rules to give unelected officials a greater say at City Hall. He has to approve any decision which involves spending above £50,000 but the threshold is now being raised to £125,000. Labour's Len Duvall said: "Boris's attention seems to be increasingly elsewhere."

Boris Johnson has previously come under fire from his critics for accepting a £250,000 a year contract to write a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph. The mayor was speaking at a property conference on the French Riviera this lunchtime and was unavailable for comment.

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