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Paramedics in Peril

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in CampaignsshareShare
Mar
31

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· 4 frontline ambulance workers attacked, threatened, and spat on every day
· Physical assaults on crews up by 23% in the Capital
· Body-worn cameras would help cut thousands of cases of abuse across NHS – London Ambulance should lead trials
· Cameras would protect paramedics and responders – London pilot would cost less than one year’s annual £125k sick bill caused by violence

Four frontline ambulance workers are attacked every day in London, according to a new report Paramedics in Peril.

FOI figures, uncovered for the report, reveal a total of 4,017 violent incidents between 2011 and 2013 – common occurrences include assaults, verbal threats and spitting.

Three in ten incidents (1,232) are physical attacks, which are on the increase. 2013 alone saw 582 assaults – a 23% rise on the year before.

The report calls for an initial London-wide pilot of 100 body-worn cameras for frontline workers – which would be a first for the UK – and a further 100 CCTV cameras for ambulance vehicles.

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Ambulance crews under attack daily

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Mar
31

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· 4 frontline ambulance workers attacked, threatened, and spat on every day
· Physical assaults on crews up by 23% in the Capital
· Body-worn cameras would help cut thousands of cases of abuse across NHS – London Ambulance should lead trials
· Cameras would protect paramedics and responders – London pilot would cost less than one year’s annual £125k sick bill caused by violence

Four frontline ambulance workers are attacked every day in London, according to a new report Paramedics in Peril. FOI figures, uncovered for the report, reveal a total of 4,017 violent incidents between 2011 and 2013 – common occurrences include assaults, verbal threats and spitting. Three in ten incidents (1,232) are physical attacks, which are on the increase. 2013 alone saw 582 assaults – a 23% rise on the year before.

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Give benefits cash to small businesses for apprenticeships

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Mar
17

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· Move would put some of London’s 32,000 young welfare claimants into paid training – nationally over 300,000 under-25s could be helped
· On the eve of the latest unemployment figures, new projections show £908m of welfare cash could be freed up for apprenticeships

Benefits cash should be diverted to pay for new apprenticeships rather than keeping people on the dole, according to GLA Conservatives’ London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.

Under the proposals, if a suitable apprenticeship exists, a job seeker under the age of 25 would be required to apply when they start receiving unemployment benefits. If they are successful but turn down the position, or quit early, they would lose their benefits.

New figures show there are 32,230 young people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in London¹, totalling a benefits bill of up to £95m each year². Adopting the proposal across the UK could help the country’s 307,670 under-25s claiming the benefit¹, which is currently projected to cost taxpayers up to £908m this year alone³.

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End £8.5m Lee Valley park tax on Londoners so cash can be invested locally

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Mar
13

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  • Announcement to commercialise Lee Valley sporting and leisure venues will cut reliance on London taxpayers
  • Visitors from Hounslow have to fork out £39.45 per visit while Waltham Forest visitors pay just 60p
  • Lee Valley Park Authority should now set profit targets and become fully self-financing so investment can be protected for local parks

The Lee Valley Park Authority has announced plans to cut the money it takes from London taxpayers, by commercialising its major sporting and leisure venues, thereby increasing revenue from these assets.

The development comes following publication of the report, “London’s Hidden Charge: Ending the Lee Valley Tax”. The key recommendation is for the park to make more money from its assets and facilities, which for many years have been running at a loss. The report’s ultimate aim is for the park to become self-financing and ending its reliance on local taxpayers.

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Sound cannon could save lives in emergency situations

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Mar
5

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“Sound cannon” or Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) could be a safer, cheaper and more effective alternative to water cannon, without the mobility issues, according to Conservative London Assembly Member Tony Arbour.

Priced from £18k – 25 times cheaper than the proposed cost of water cannon – the fixed unit looks like a satellite dish, and emits a targeted, high pitched alarm tone in short bursts. It also has a loud-hailer mode which can be used to broadcast verbal instructions and warnings from a long distance.

Sound cannon was deployed in London during the 2012 Olympics, and has recently been available to police during protests in New York City, Chicago and Barcelona.

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