Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London Caroline Pidgeon today announced that she will guarantee to continue funding Pride at the current level of £100,000 for the whole of the next Mayoral term when elected.
Caroline would also use City Hall resources to explore further corporate sponsorship for Pride by ensuring City Hall match-funds pound for pound all additional corporate sponsorship beyond that secured last year up to an additional £50,000.
Smarter use of the Congestion Charge to tackle gridlock and improve London’s air – Caroline Pidgeon
- New report recommends a smarter, more flexible system of congestion charging that reflects the level of congestion when a person enters the zone
- Introduction of an additional levy on the Congestion Charge could be a ‘game changer’ in tackling London’s appalling air pollution
- Huge potential to encourage a higher take up of the Congestion Charge Autopay system by removing the charge for registering and developing a free, easy to use App
Caroline Pidgeon is proposing an Alternative Budget at City Hall setting out plans to build 200,000 new homes in London. Caroline is leader of the Liberal Democrats at City Hall and candidate for London Mayor.
Caroline said, "The shortage of affordable housing in London remains the gravest crisis facing our city, with over 500,000 people currently languishing on housing waiting lists. For decades London has failed to build enough new homes, driving up rents and putting property prices well beyond the reach of most ordinary Londoners.
Caroline Pidgeon plans a radical upgrade to childcare services in London. She will pay for it by introducing a 'tourist tax' on luxury hotel stays typical of major cities. Caroline, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate and mother of a young child said:
“As any parent in London will know, the cost and availability of childcare in London puts a real strain on families. Compared with the rest of the UK, 10% fewer women return to work after having children.
“Many cities around the world including New York, Paris and Berlin have a Tourist Tax. My plan for a £2 a night levy on hotels of 3* or above would raise £50m a year by 2018 and mean we could fund more wrap around child care including breakfast clubs and the after school, activities, s well as more training places to boost the number of childminders working in London.”
Pidgeon welcomes TfL takeover of suburban trains
Transport for London confirmed today it wants to take control of the capital's suburban rail network. Commenting on the news Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:
“This news, while its is something I have long advocated, will still see some passengers waiting until 2021 - in the case those using Southern trains - to see any real changes in either service levels or lower fares.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, today pressed the current Mayor to take new steps to tackle traffic congestion. Caroline has announced hew own plans to introduce a workplace parking levy for central London and around Canary Wharf.
Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on Transport for London’s withdrawal of controversial plans to close Caledonian tube station for eight months to replace the two lifts said:
“This U-turn by TfL is a great victory for people power. I congratulate Nigel Scott and the organisers of this excellent campaign and everyone who got behind it."
Commenting on the announcement by the RMT union that they are to stage three 24 hour strikes of on London's Tube network, Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon said:
"The Mayor and TfL have messed up the negotiations on the introduction of the night Tube by giving an artificial deadline, allowing the Unions to hold them to ransom. But given that date passed last September, it is now quite clear that the unions are now playing games rather than working all out to secure an agreement. Both sides need to come together, sit round the table and hammer out a full and fair deal. London and Londoners need, and expect, nothing less."
Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, today set out plans for half price fares on Underground, DLR, Overground and TfL Rail services for people who start their journeys before 7.30am.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, said:
“Half price fares on TfL’s Tube and rail services would really help some of London’s lowest paid workers who often have to work unsocial hours. This is a genuine fare cut that can be delivered immediately.