Pledge to improve women’s safety at night in London

Organisations across London are being urged to pledge their support and help ensure women stay safe at night by signing up to the Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. Night Czar, Amy Lamé, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, are calling on councils, businesses, venues and other organisations to get behind the charter, at a night safety summit today at City Hall.  The summit, called Reclaim the Night, will bring together representatives from policing, transport, charities and the night-time economy to reaffirm their commitment to improving safety at…

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Ethics Panel delivers recommendations for use of facial recognition

An independent panel that advises London’s City Hall on the ethics of policing has issued a series of recommendations in a report examining the Metropolitan Police’s use of facial recognition technology. The Met has been trialling live facial recognition technology to understand how effective it will be in supporting police operations. The technology automatically checks people passing a camera in a public place that are checked against images on a ‘watch-list’ specially selected on police databases. It is one example of how the Met is using emerging digital technologies, and…

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London to have Europe’s largest double-decker electric bus fleet

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe today, as he brought together city leaders from across England and Wales for a national air quality summit. The capital’s zero-emission public transport network is to get even larger as the Mayor declared that 68 new electric double-deckers will join the bus fleet in London. Sadiq revealed that the number of electric double-deck buses in London will increase more than tenfold, and that two routes run by Metroline from Barnet to central…

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London Mayor launches initiative to address the lack of women leaders

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a bold new plan to tackle the lack of women leaders.  The initiative, called ‘Our Time: Supporting Future Leaders’, is the first and largest-scale programme of its kind to be adopted in the public sector. The new scheme will take crucial action to address the gender imbalance in leadership roles, and bridge the gender pay gap. ‘Our Time’ will work through pairing high-potential women with senior staff champions (men and women) who will help to open up the professional networks, opportunities…

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Mayor challenges London’s employers to tackle race inequalities

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a new initiative to help tackle the unemployment levels of young black men in London. Initially focused on supporting young black men into employment in the construction and digital sectors, over time this new approach will offer additional support to Londoners from a range of backgrounds.     Black men aged 16-24 are among some of the most likely to be unemployed in the capital  – 32 per cent compared to 14 per cent for young white men1. The Mayor’s Workforce Integration Network…

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