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Subject: GLA Annual Equalities Report – Assembly Contribution Report to: GLA Oversight Committee Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat Date: 24 October 2012 This report will be considered in public 1. Summary 1.1 This report requests the Committee to consider the draft Assembly contribution (attached at Appendix 1) to the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Annual Equalities Report 2012. 2. Recommendation 2.1 That the Committee agrees the Assembly’s contribution to the GLA’s Annual Equalities Report 2012 in advance of its consideration of the full report at its meeting in February 2013. 3. Background 3.1 The GLA has a statutory responsibility to produce an annual report that sets out the arrangements that have been put in place during the year to promote equality of opportunity and assesses how effective those arrangements have been. 3.2 The GLA Act 1999 (as amended) stipulates that this duty applies to the functions of the Authority that are exercisable by the Mayor acting on behalf of the Authority. However, as in 2011, for the 2012 annual equalities report the Assembly has been asked to contribute to the report in order for it to provide a full picture of the activities of the Authority. 4. Issues for Consideration 4.1 A draft contribution from the Assembly to the annual equalities report is attached to this report at Appendix 1. The draft sets out examples of the work the Assembly undertook during 2011/12 to City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA Enquiries: 020 7983 4100 minicom: 020 7983 4458 www.london.gov.uk
promote equality of opportunity and to investigate issues of importance to Londoners as they relate to equality of opportunity. 5. Legal Implications 5.1 Section 33(2) of the GLA Act 1999 requires that the Authority produce an annual report including information about the work undertaken during the year to promote equality of opportunity and an assessment of the effectiveness of that work. 5.2 The duty under section 33(2) applies to the functions of the Authority exercisable by the Mayor acting on behalf of the Authority (s.33(3)). 6. Financial Implications 6.1 There are no financial implications arising directly from this report. List of appendices to this report: Appendix 1 – Annual Equalities Report 2012 – Draft Assembly Contribution Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 List of Background Papers: None Contact Officer: Richard Derecki, Scrutiny Team Manager Telephone: 020 7983 4899 E-mail: Richard.email@example.com
Appendix 1 Annual Equalities Report 2012– Assembly Contribution (Covering the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012) The London Assembly is elected to hold the Mayor to account and investigate issues of importance to Londoners. The following paragraphs provide some examples of the Assembly’s equalities-related work during 2011/12. More information about the Assembly’s work and how the public can get involved is available at www.london.gov.uk Tackling fuel poverty The former Health and Public Services Committee investigated the role that energy suppliers and the Mayor can play in helping to reduce fuel poverty in the capital. People in fuel poverty spend at least one tenth of their income on energy for heating, lighting and cooking in their homes. The Committee looked at current initiatives to tackle fuel poverty, and what further work is needed to achieve the government’s target of eradicating the problem by 2016. The Committee's investigation included examination of the factors that increase the risk of fuel poverty, such as age, health and income indicators. The Committee developed a mapping tool to help policy makers identify areas at higher risk of fuel poverty and to enable programmes to be better targeted towards communities most at risk. Disabled Londoners’ participation in sport and physical activity In 2006, the former Economic Development Committee investigated the barriers to sports participation among disabled Londoners, such as a lack of skills among sports coaches and teachers in mainstream schools, inadequate information about opportunities, and inaccessible public transport. This work prompted the introduction of a Mayoral strategy “Inclusive and Active” in 2007, which was updated by the current Mayor in 2010 as “Inclusive and Active 2”. The Committee retuned to this issue in 2012, following the publication of data that showed that just 10.8 per cent of disabled Londoners meet recommended levels of activity, well below the 2007 target of 14 per cent and the figure had barely changed over the past five years. The update report focused on how national government needs to support the provision of training and support for teachers in mainstream schools that may have disabled pupils in their classes, TfL’s promotion of active transport options for disabled people and how the Mayor might be able to boost volunteering support for disabled people keen to get active. Responses to the report can be read here: http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/disabled-londoners- participation-sport-and-physical-activity. The Mayor continues to fund specific initiatives to raise participation amongst disabled people and all of the Mayor’s ‘Participation’ projects adhere to the principles of Inclusive and Active 2. All the organisations which have been given a grant have to draw up an action plan to put the principles of Inclusive and Active 2 into practice. These action plans are monitored on behalf of the Mayor. Furthermore, through the ‘Skills’ fund 620 people have been trained in how to coach disabled people in sport and 530 disabled people have been helped into employment in the sports and leisure industry as a result of the skills received through the Mayor’s programme.
Transport Accessibility Plans The Transport Committee continued to press for improvements in service provision for disabled or mobility impaired travellers on the public transport system. The Committee’s responses to TfL’s accessibility proposals called for more urgency when it comes to improving access to Tubes, trains and buses. The Committee called for a number of improvements including more practical training particularly for bus drivers, more help points at stations and “accessibility champions” at interchanges to ensure coordinated support across different providers. Access to Public Toilets The former Health and Public Services Committee published a report on public toilet provision in July 2011. This included the findings of the first comprehensive survey of London toilet provision for several years. The Committee received evidence from a range of vulnerable groups that have specific needs regarding toilet provision - both in terms of the number of toilets and the available facilities - such as older people, disabled people, those with certain medical conditions and parents with young children. The report recommended much more coherent, standardised information about toilet provision be published by the Mayor and boroughs, additional toilet provision at Crossrail stations, and an extension of 'community toilet' schemes. The report and responses from the Mayor and Crossrail are available at: http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/public-toilets-london Olympic Ticketing The former Economy, Culture and Sport Committee published several reports on the ticketing arrangements for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, most recently the report Sold Out? in February 2012, which provided an update on the progress of previous recommendations. The Committee had previously pressed for LOCOG to make as many tickets as possible available at affordable prices, and the report recommended greater transparency in the ticket sale process to ensure this. The report also highlighted concerns with the small number of tickets sold to disabled people and their carers through the Ticketcare scheme, and recommended LOCOG publish more comprehensive information about this. The report and the response from LOCOG are available at: http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/sold-out Tackling Childcare Affordability in London The former Health and Public Services Committee investigated the cost of childcare in the capital following an assessment of data that showed that childcare costs in the capital are up to a third higher than elsewhere in the UK - an average of £119 a week for a child under two years old. Furthermore on average, London families spend a larger proportion of their income on childcare and travel than people in the rest of the country. However, Londoners do not get extra financial help to meet higher childcare costs. With the result that just over half of London mothers with dependent children work compared to almost two thirds across the UK. The report made a number of recommendations to central government, London Councils and the Mayor. Responses have been broadly supportive of the recommendations made and further work is underway to follow through the work already done. A more detailed update can be read here: http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s17341/Childcare%20Affordability%20in%20London %20final.pdf.
A review of the Mayor’s Time for Action strategy to tackle serious youth violence A Panel of Assembly Members reviewed progress with the programmes established by the Mayor to tackle serious youth violence. In particular, the Panel reviewed progress made with the mentoring programme designed to support young black boys at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. Members of the Panel expressed concern at the lack of progress with the programme and recommendations were made to ensure regular updates were received by Assembly members and to improve the transparency of the process by which grants are awarded by the Authority, particularly those to small community based organizations that come together in consortia to bid for significant sums of funding. Assembly Events and Public Engagement The Assembly organises events and meetings to enable Londoners to engage in the government of London. The Assembly conducts a proactive programme of engagement with schools, colleges and universities in London. This includes briefings about the work of the Assembly and a programme of visits to City Hall for Mayor’s Question Time. Working with the London Civic Forum the Assembly organises briefing sessions for representatives of community groups to help them understand how best to influenced policy at City Hall. The Assembly has also held events to recognise the important contribution made by a wide spectrum of Londoners to starting to rebuild their communities following the civil disturbances of August 2011, to mark International Women’s Day, and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion and the work it does to support elderly and disabled veterans and their families. The Assembly jointly hosts an annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony in partnership with the Mayor, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Holocaust Education Trust. Work Carried out by Individual Assembly Members Assembly Members serve as members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), and they pursue equalities issues through that body as well as through their Assembly work. Members meet the Mayor in public ten times per year for Mayor’s Question Time. Members ask questions to hold the Mayor to account, and these have covered a range of issues relating to diversity and social inclusion. The Assembly debates motions at plenary meetings, and Members present petitions on behalf of Londoners. Details of motions and petitions can be found on the GLA’s website. Finally, Members in their representative roles carry out a range of activities to promote equality of opportunity.