These and other important questions are the focus of a London Assembly Health and Public Services Committee meeting tomorrow at City Hall.
As part of their investigation into home-based care and support services for older Londoners, the Committee will put questions to the following guests:
· Cllr Lorna Campbell, London Borough of Lambeth and Deputy Chair of the Health and Adult Services Forum for London Councils
· Samantha Mauger, Chief Executive, Age Concern London
· Francis McGlone, Policy Manager, UK Homecare Association
· Ian Winter, Deputy Regional Director, Social Care and Partnerships, Department of Health
· Martin Cheeseman, Director of Housing and Community Care, London Borough of Brent
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 25 November at 10am in Committee Room 4 at City Hall ( The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 ). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast at: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/webcasts.jsp
The Chair of the Committee, James Cleverly, is available for interviews. For more details, please contact Lisa Moore in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228. For out of hours media enquiries please call 0207 983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.
What can we do to tackle child poverty in Northern Ireland by Goretti Horgan from the University of Ulster and Marina Monteith from Save the Children ( Northern Ireland ) explores the challenges faced by the Northern Ireland Assembly in meeting its target of eradicating child poverty. It found that persistent poverty in Northern Ireland ( 21% before housing costs ) is more than double that in Great Britain ( 9% before housing costs ).
The report points to four main reasons for higher persistent poverty in Northern Ireland:
High levels of worklessness: 31 per cent of the working-age population is not in paid work, higher than any GB region and 6 per cent higher than the GB average.
High rates of disability and limiting long-term illness, especially mental ill-health.
Low wages: the median wage for men working full-time is 85 per cent of that for British men.
Poor-quality part-time jobs and obstacles to mothers working.
The authors acknowledge that although there are some areas which need to be tackled that are beyond the Assemblys control, there are issues over which the devolved administration has some influence. They recommend that the Assembly works on six key areas:
Increasing the supply of well-paid, good quality jobs
Supporting those already in work to increase their qualification levels
Alleviating the worst impacts of poverty on children
Addressing the lack of quality affordable childcare
Increasing educational attainment
Providing access to leisure and social activities for poorer young people
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the JRF, said:
The Assembly has already shown that it is possible to intervene to alleviate some of the worst aspects of poverty. Just as it provided the one-off fuel payment of £150 to families on benefit in winter 2008/09, it could make it easier for people to take mini-jobs, allowing those living on benefits to provide a little extra for their families. School budgets need to provide for all the costs of education including books, school trips and after-school activities. It must also address ways of giving poorer young people access to positive social and leisure activities.
“Londoners already put up with the noise of the busiest airport in Europe, but at least they have some respite overnight.
“Enduring weeks of sleepless nights is simply too much to ask of people. The Civil Aviation Authority needs to look at other ways of handling the extra visitors expected for the Games.
“The Committee is conducting ongoing work on proposed expansion at Heathrow so we are well aware of the impact any increase in flights – day or night – will have on noise, air quality and climate change. This must be taken into account.”
Notes to Editors
1. Read more about the London Assembly Environment Committee’s current investigation into proposed expansion at Heathrow. Available as Item 6 at: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/envmtgs/2009/envoct29/agenda.jsp#6
2. Read the Environment Committee’s response to the government’s Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation in February 2008. The Environment Committee maintained opposition to expansion and opposed the relaxation of operational restrictions. Available at: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/reports/environment/heathrow-response.rtf
3. Murad Qureshi AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
For more details, please contact Lisa Moore or Dana Gavin in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228/4603. For out of hours media enquiries please call 0207 983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.