Post Offices are to trial a scheme to provide police services, as 65 police front desks face closure. The Met plan to sell 200 buildings, including New Scotland Yard, to save £500 million a year.
Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh said that the force is in early discussions to set up the pilot which will be introduced in 6 month's time. He said Post Office staff are ideal because they are security cleared, used to taking cash and some post offices also have secure rooms.
What we propose to do at this stage, and we are in very early discussions with the Post Office, is to pilot something, to test something out, and to only expand that if it works.
But in theory Post Offices could provided a fixed point on the high street, with some branding with the Metropolitan Police Service, where you could potentially bring your lost property, if you need to produce identification, if there's a licence that you need to go to a police station for you could maybe do that in a Post Office. And even very simple crime reporting potentially could be done.
Mayor Boris Johnson has promised to look again at Crossrail construction safety after a worker was electrocuted.
During the Olympic construction, a collective agreement on health and safety was put in place between the construction firms and the unions. The mayor was asked whether a similar agreement should be introduced for Crossrail.
London mayor Boris Johnson came under fire from London Assembly Member Len Duvall today over the cost of his special advisors. Mr Johnson has been criticised for appointing a new part-time economic advisor on a salary of £127,000. But the mayor said he had cut costs at City Hall.