Mayor Jules Pipe, the Chair of London Councils and Mayor of Hackney, told the London Assembly that the Government's plans to cut housing benefits have not stopped rents being increased over the last 18 months.
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Two members of the public were injured along with two police officers who were in the unmarked vehicle.
Scotland Yard recorded 1,235 Islamophobic attacks in the last 12 months, compared with 811 in 2015.
Officers say the child, aged two, was targeted in the Lewisham Shopping Centre.