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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    The council has collaborated with the Putney Rotary Club and the Friends of Wandsworth Park to plant thousands of crocus bulbs in Wandsworth Park to raise awareness of Polio. https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/news-nov-2020/thousands-of-purple-crocuses-raise-awareness-of-polio/ ]More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Children aged from three to seven can learn all about litter and recycling from a free educational platform called Earth Cubs created by a Tooting resident. https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/september-2020/calling-all-3-7-year-olds-littering-and-recycling-activities-at-home/ ]More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    A scheme, which has seen pedestrian areas widened in a number of areas, will be updated to reflect the council?s latest review of which includes the current business and residential support needs. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    A new consultation on flood risk management, in the North, West Harrow and Rayners Lane areas, has concluded. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Residents who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19 can apply for a grant to help them over the next few weeks. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Parents and community views are invited to have their say on plans for a new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High for young people with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    A new primary school children?s book awards scheme has been launched in Richmond and Kingston, alongside a new fund that aims to raise money to help buy books for children from low income families. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Around 25% of people who booked appointments at Townmead Road Household Waste and Recycling centre last month failed to turn up ? meaning a longer wait for a slot for other residents. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Richmond residents are encouraged to drink responsibly by keeping track of how much they are drinking this lockdown and beyond to improve their mental health.** More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Richmond Council is now accepting applications for COVID-19 Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) from businesses which have been legally required to close during the second lockdown. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    For*World Diabetes Day*(14 November),*Richmond Council and its Public Health team are calling for residents to find out their risk*of Type 2 diabetes*and make healthy changes to their lifestyle to prevent the disease from developing.* More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Residents are encouraged to be calm and not worry, following an alleged report of a child abduction in Ham earlier this week. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Richmond upon Thames is to increase COVID-19 testing of residents in a bid to identify more cases, reduce the spread of infection and protect lives and livelihoods. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Senior Officers from Richmond Council are meeting representatives from the Department of Education (DfE) this month to discuss the growing funding crisis around SEND education. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Residents and businesses are reminded that they should only be leaving their houses for specific purposes under the new COVID-19 restrictions ? or risk a fine. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Motorists are being warned of new reports of thieves targeting people at pay and display parking machines. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    The Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Geoff Acton, and Leader of the Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, are looking for two budding young artists to be their little helpers this festive season by designing their annual Christmas cards. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Vulnerable residents in Richmond upon Thames will be supported by a new, innovative, videophone system - helping them to access help from within their own home! More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Householders or property owners in the borough that have experienced flooding in their home or business are asked to let the Council know via a new online reporting tool. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Richmond Council is asking people for their thoughts on its plans to address housing need and homelessness in the borough for the next five years. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Government’s Committee on Climate Change, says we must act now to reduce carbon emissions. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why I called for urgency at the Green Horizon Summit this week. A global audience of 10,0000 came together to identify immediate and collective action. And it is why we’ve launched a radical Climate Action Strategy to achieve a net zero future for the City of London by 2040 – 10 years before the national goal. New planning rules will bring in carbon reduction requirements for buildings and encourage greening. And a new Climate Action Fund will invest in low or zero-carbon technologies. We’ll dedicate more street space to walking and cycling, and new green spaces. And we’ll support City firms large and small to reduce carbon emissions linked to their supply chain and investments. Creating 800 new jobs, our actions will drive growth now and in the future. Catherine McGuinness Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    The Government has this week published a new National Security and Investment Bill and announced the establishment of a new Office for Investment. In response, Lord Mayor of London William Russell said: “As an open and outward-looking trading nation, it is vital that the UK continues to be an attractive location for international investment. “The new Office for Investment is a very welcome step towards prioritising high value investment into areas such as the transition to net zero. We look forward to working closely with the Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone, and his colleagues on this important work. “Following the publication of the new National Security and Investment Bill, we also welcome the Government’s intention to ensure speed, certainty and transparency. This will be vital to help provide the confidence needed by businesses and investors.” Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation, Catherine McGuinness, said: “It is more important than ever that the UK sends a positive signal to international investors as we near the end of our transition period with the European Union. “We welcome the establishment of a new Office for Investment as a way to focus efforts to attract investment into both new and established industries. Inward investment is critical to creating the jobs and prosperity that we need to drive forward our economic recovery from this pandemic right across the country. “Of course, the UK’s investment strategy should take account of national security. It is vital that any new process to review foreign investment is quick, clear and transparent. This will ensure the UK remains a hub for investment from across the globe.” Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    Hundreds of deaf young people in London will take to the stage, boost their confidence and learn new skills, thanks to a £200,000 grant. Deafinitely Theatre – the UK’s first deaf launched and led professional theatre company – has been awarded the funding from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder. It will be used to deliver theatre workshops where young people can learn skills such as acting, dance, puppetry, production skills and translating works into British Sign Language. The project, which will benefit over 400 young people a year over five years, will also deliver summer schools and enable young people to work towards their Arts Award, an A-level equivalent qualification. Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “Taking part in creative and artistic activities such as theatre is a great way for young people to gain confidence, learn new skills and make new friends, and disability should be no barrier. “This funding will allow Deafinitely Theatre to enable young people to take their first steps towards a career in dramatic arts and will deliver life-long benefits to all those taking part.” The City Bridge Trust funding will also enable theatre trips and backstage tours for young people, the charity having previously worked with the likes of Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Frankie George, Deafinitely Theatre Executive Director, said: “Deaf young people sometimes struggle because so many deaf schools and deaf clubs have closed in recent years, so they go into mainstream schools where they don’t always get the support they need. “Communication is often a barrier to their getting involved in theatre, and the benefit of our being a fully bilingual organisation is all the work we do is delivered in their preferred language. “Taking part gives deaf young people the chance to meet people who are like them and speak their language, take inspiration from role models such as deaf actors or dancers, and see the career options that are out there for them, which they may not have realised even existed.” Deafinitely Theatre stages professional productions in spoken English and British Sign Language, which in recent years have included Sarah Kane’s ‘4.48 Psychosis’. The production enjoyed a sell-out run at London’s New Diorama Theatre in 2018, earning four-star reviews from Time Out and The Guardian and five stars in Theatre Weekly, and returned to the same theatre for a second run in November. The City of London Corporation’s charity funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of over £25 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital – www.citybridgetrust.org.uk Deafinitely Theatre is online at www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk Case study: ‘It was like being part of a family’ Clinton Osondu, 16, from Elephant and Castle, joined Deafinitely Youth Theatre in 2019 with a love for performing. During his time in DYT he developed his acting and communication skills and an understanding of how to use British Sign Language clearly and creatively in performance. Building in confidence, he had the opportunity to perform publicly as part of the DYT production of Beautiful Disaster in March 2020. Clinton is currently in Year 11 and this opportunity encouraged him to think more about the possibility of pursuing a career in the performing arts, which he is very passionate about. He said: “I loved every part of being involved in Deafinitely Youth Theatre. They were so supportive of me right from the get-go, it was like being part of a family full of energy and vibrancy who all got on so well together with no barriers to communication. I also ended up making new friends. “It has had a such a huge impact on not just my life but my Mum’s as well. They created a space where I felt so safe and helped with my ability to focus on goals and achieve them. I will never forget the experience I had being a part of the project – it is something that will stay in my memory and heart forever. “If there are any deaf people out there with a passion for acting please get involved with Deafinitely Theatre, I can't stress this enough.” Picture captions - Deafinitely Youth Theatre production of Beautiful and Disaster at the John Lyons Theatre, City Lit, in Covent Garden, earlier this year (credit – Becky Bailey) - Deafinitely Youth Theatre group in action (credit – Rhian Cox) - Frankie George, Deafinitely Theatre Executive Director (credit – Rhian Cox) Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City Corporation’s charity funder, City Bridge Trust has allocated £11 million to the London Community Response, set up to help charities deal with the impact of coronavirus, and has also given over £1.7 million in one-off grants to 202 organisations it already supports to help them offset lost income resulting from the pandemic. The London Community Response Fund is administered by City Bridge Trust, the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of Bridge House Estates and Members of its Court of Common Council form the City Bridge Trust Committee, responsible for taking grant and funding decisions for the charity. About Deafinitely Theatre In 2002, Paula Garfield set up Deafinitely Theatre alongside Steven Webb and Kate Furby after becoming frustrated at the barriers that deaf actors and directors face in mainstream media. The company launched with a sell-out première of Deaf History at the Gate Theatre in London. In May 2012, the company performed the first ever British Sign Language Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost, celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In 2018 Deafinitely won the Off West End Award for Best Production for its site-specific production of Mike Bartlett’s Contractions and in 2019 Paula Garfield received a Tonic Award for her energy and unwavering commitment to opening theatre up and the artistic quality of the work Deafinitely Theatre presents. The company’s vision is a world where deaf people are a valued part of the national theatre landscape, recognised for the excellence of their work. Deafinitely Theatre is the first professional deaf-launched and led theatre company in the UK that works bilingually in British Sign Language and spoken English and produces work that caters to audiences of all ages. Deaf theatre has a vital contribution to make to the UK's diverse and vibrant theatre landscape. Deafinitely Theatre challenges barriers to training and opportunities and embraces the deaf world's diversity. The company work hard to nurture the next generation of deaf actors, writers and audiences through its Deafinitely Youth Theatre and Deafinitely Little productions for young people, plus its Hub training and development programme for adults. www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk Twitter: @DeafinitelyT Facebook: deafinitelytheatre More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    The City of London Corporation has entered the top 50 list of UK employers working to boost social mobility. The governing body for the Square Mile ranks 50th in the 2020 Social Mobility Employer Index, which recognises businesses and organisations taking the most action to recruit and foster talent from a wide range of backgrounds. The City Corporation, which worked with the organiser, the Social Mobility Foundation charity, to set up the scheme three years ago, has moved up from 56th place in last year’s index and 66th in 2018. It was praised for its school outreach work with disadvantaged pupils and for offering higher level apprenticeships – providing a route into the organisation comparable with graduate entry routes. The Index was set up to address the fact that a disproportionate number of people from affluent backgrounds, private schools and elite universities get top jobs. The City Corporation launched its 10-year Social Mobility Strategy in 2018, aimed at boosting equality of opportunity and ensuring everyone can access the skills and talent they need to thrive. City of London Corporation Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness, said: “Making the top 50 and continuing to improve our position in the Index year-on-year is testament to the work which is going on across the City Corporation to meet the ambitious objectives outlined in our Social Mobility Strategy. “Ensuring talented individuals from less privileged backgrounds have the chance to get on in life is not only the right thing to do, it also benefits employers such as ourselves, ensuring we are accessing the widest possible pool of talent. “There is still work to be done and we will take on board and act on the feedback received so we continue to do everything possible to ensure we are a diverse and inclusive organisation which welcomes and nurtures people from all backgrounds.” The City Corporation was also praised for using standardised interview questions and for being prepared to accept vocational qualifications and work experience in lieu of academic achievements. Work the City Corporation has carried out to boost social mobility includes running the London Careers Festival, which reaches 5,000 young people across the London boroughs, and a partnership through its charity funder, City Bridge Trust, with The Prince’s Trust for schemes whish boost youth employability. The City Corporation sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark, through its City of London Academies Trust. It has twice been named by social mobility charity Sutton Trust as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. The organisation has also run pilots of skills programmes and summer schools with its family of schools, and last year ran an award-winning campaign encouraging City businesses to pay their staff the London Living Wage. A total of 119 organisations employing over £1.1 million people in 18 sectors, including major retailers, financial institutions and Government departments, collectively employing one million people across the UK are signed up to the Social Mobility Employer Index. More information is at www.socialmobility.org.uk/index Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    People have two weeks to have their say on what should happen to statues and other landmarks in the City of London with links to slavery and historic racism. Since it launched in September, more than 800 responses have been received to the City of London Corporation’s consultative exercise on the issue, which runs until Tuesday, 24 November 2020. People are being asked to give their views on which landmarks – including statues, street and building names – they think are a problem, and what action they think should be taken. The consultative exercise was launched by the City Corporation’s Tackling Racism Taskforce, set up in the summer in the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests to look at what the organisation can do to tackle racism in all its forms. Andrien Meyers, Co-Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Tackling Racism Taskforce, said: “Since this exercise launched, we’ve received a really wide range of views on our historic landmarks and what people think we should do with them. There’s still time for people to have their say and I’d encourage anyone who has not yet taken part to give us their views and ensure their voice is heard.” Statues which respondents have mentioned include those at Guildhall – the City Corporation’s headquarters – depicting former Lord Mayor William Beckford and MP and philanthropist Sir John Cass, both of whom profited from the slave trade. In September, Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School in the City announced it was changing its name to The Aldgate School to break the link with its controversial founder. Caroline Addy, Co-Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Tackling Racism Taskforce, said: “This is an issue which raises strong emotions but it’s important we listen to a broad cross section of opinion before taking an informed, measured decision on what should happen to our historic landmarks.” The consultative exercise is seeking opinions on landmarks in the City of London and on City Corporation-owned sites outside the Square Mile. City firms, cultural institutions and political bodies across the capital and nationally are also being asked for their views. All submissions received will be considered before a recommendation is made by the Taskforce to the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision. People can take part in the consultative exercise online by the deadline of 24 November 2020 at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/historiclandmarksconsultation or by writing to: Tackling Racism Taskforce City of London Corporation Guildhall, PO Box 270 London EC2P 2EJ Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier gave a statement to the House of Commons on the future of financial services. In reaction, Lord Mayor of London William Russell said: “I warmly welcome the Chancellor’s commitment today to issuing the UK’s first green gilt in 2021. This demonstrates that the UK continues to innovate as a leading global green finance hub in the build-up towards COP26 in Glasgow next year. “It is clear that there is an increasingly large appetite for the sustainable financial products that the UK has to offer. This has been evident in my capacity as both a member of the UK Board of Trade and from my engagements with our partners across the world. The UK must continue to lead the way internationally in the years to come.” Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness said: “The Chancellor has today set out important steps to help the UK economy build back better and greener from the current pandemic. We welcome his vision of maintaining the UK’s position as a world leading financial centre by encouraging innovation and mobilising capital. The sector has a crucial role to play in driving the recovery forwards. “The plans to launch the UK’s first sovereign green bond next year send sends a powerful signal to investors across the globe. On the day that we opened the Green Horizon Summit, the adoption of a green taxonomy and a pathway towards mandatory climate disclosures are also positive examples of how the UK is making huge strides in the fight against climate change. We call on City firms to play their part by supporting the transition to a net-zero economy. “We also welcome the moves to support innovation in fintech and establish a taskforce to review the UK’s listings regime. The Chancellor has also provided some much-needed certainty for firms both in the UK and EU today by unilaterally publishing a set of equivalence decisions alongside a new framework for taking such decisions in future. We urge the EU to issue its equivalence determinations without further delay in the interests of households and businesses on both sides of the Channel.” Notes to Editors: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    The City of London Corporation has welcomed an increase to the London Living Wage, announced today by the Living Wage Foundation. The voluntary rate, based on the income people need to get by in London, has been increased by 10p to £10.85 per hour – £2.13 higher than the Government-set National Minimum Wage for over 25s City of London Corporation Policy Chair, Catherine McGuinness said: “The London Living Wage is helping to improve the quality of life of workers across the capital, including many key workers who have been on the COVID-19 frontline, and it’s right that businesses continue to sign up for the scheme despite the pandemic. “Paying employees the higher rate is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business, increasing motivation and retention rates, enhancing the reputation of companies and improving staff relations. “With one in five Londoners still not earning a wage they can live on, we still have a long way to go in the capital, but the London Living Wage is playing an important role in helping people to get on in life and support their families.” The announcement of the increase was made at the beginning of Living Wage Week, which runs from today until Sunday, 15 November. The City of London Corporation has been an accredited London Living Wage employer since 2014, meaning a significant increase in wages for some of its lowest-paid employees. The City Corporation pays its and its suppliers’ staff the new rate with immediate effect once the updated Living Wage is announced in November each year, rather than paying it from the following April, which is the most common approach taken by employers. It also pays its interns, work experience placements over two weeks and apprentices working in the capital the London Living Wage as a minimum. Last year, the City Corporation ran an award-winning campaign featuring posters in the London Underground celebrating businesses paying the London Living Wage and encouraging firms not already accredited to join them. The two-week campaign reached over five million people and earned the City Corporation an Industry Champion Award at the Living Wage Champion Awards 2019 run by the Living Wage Foundation. Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    New figures show tens of millions of single-use plastic items have been eradicated by City businesses over the last year. Over 620,000 plastic straws*, 19 million cups, and 12 million items of cutlery were cut by firms taking part in the City of London Corporation’s Plastic Free City scheme. 106 Square Mile companies employing nearly 100,000 people have signed up to the initiative, which asks businesses to help eradicate single use plastic in the City. Over 600,000 water bottles and nearly 3.5 million food containers were also eliminated from use. These are annual estimates based on figures collated from data between April 2019 to March 2020, before the COVID-19 lockdown. Major City firms including Goldman Sachs, Nomura, and Rothschild & Co are taking part. The City Corporation itself has pledged to become plastic free in 2021. As a major London public services provider, the City keep its streets clean, provides recycling services for its residents, it runs social housing across six London boroughs, 10 high-achieving academies, three wholesale markets and 11,000 acres of green space including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest. And last year the City Corporation installed a network of 17 on-street water refill points in the City in a bid to eliminate disposable plastic water bottle use. Keith Bottomley, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “We are committed to removing all single-use plastics from the Square Mile in line with the clear desire amongst City workers, residents and visitors to eliminate their use. “These impressive results show that many City businesses are rising to the challenge and taking practical action. “The impact of single-use plastics is a global issue of great concern to many.” The Bank of England is one of the organisations signed up to the campaign. It has embedded a “reuse culture” within their workplace and their “think before you drink” campaign has resulted in 80% fewer single-use plastic items being used. Paul Wright, Head of Inclusion and Sustainability at the Bank of England, said: “We are particularly proud of the huge reductions we have achieved in single-use plastic catering items, and of the support that we have had from our senior leaders. “The Plastic Free City pledge has helped us by providing a framework for our efforts, and has enabled us to share ideas with other organisations who also working to reduce their plastic waste.” Over 200 of the City’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants have also become part of a network of water bottle refill stations, where the public can refill reusable water bottles – all found on the Refill app. To apply for the Clean City Awards Scheme please visit- https://ccaslondon.co.uk/about-ccas * prior to the ban on single use straws coming into effect on 1st October ENDS Media Enquiries Kristina Drake Media Officer, City of London Corporation Kristina.Drake@cityoflondon.gov.uk 07710860884 / 020 7332 1125 Notes to editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK – www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City Corporation is the port health authority for London, the largest port health authority in the UK, responsible for services on the River Thames, from Teddington to the English Channel. It protects public health by preventing infectious disease, ensuring water quality, making vessel inspections and enforcing environmental controls. It is also responsible for keeping the City clean. The Square Mile is the world’s leading international financial centre and its 450,000 workers and 9,400 residents rightly expect the street scene to be of a very high standard in which to live and work. More...
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    17th November 2020, 13:47
    With a year to go until COP26 takes place in Glasgow, the City of London Corporation and Green Finance Institute, supported by the World Economic Forum, is to host the Green Horizon Summit (9th-11th November). It brings together CEOs, policymakers and governments to focus on the practical solutions and financial innovation necessary to create a resilient and sustainable future for the global economy. Speaking at the Summit, Mark Carney, the UK Prime Minister’s Finance Advisor for COP26 and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, will set out the progress the financial sector is making to help solve the climate crisis and what more needs to happen on the road to COP 26. This includes publishing the comprehensive Private finance Strategy for COP 26, which builds the framework so that every financial decision takes climate change into account. Mark Carney said “Achieving the net zero will require a whole economy transition, involving every company, bank, insurer and investor, and creating the greatest commercial opportunity of our time. Private finance will play a critical role in funding the initiatives and innovations of the private sector and helping companies realign their business models for net zero. Our priority for COP 26 is to build this market in the transition on the pillars of comprehensive climate reporting, better climate risk management, and optimisation of returns. Progress has been considerable and momentum is growing. It is within our grasp to create a virtuous cycle of innovation and investment for the net zero world that people are demanding and that future generations deserve. Let’s seize it” The Green Horizon Summit will tackle many of the other critical areas where finance needs to focus ahead of next year’s COP26 conference in Glasgow. They include a consultation on how to scale voluntary carbon markets and guidelines on how to support green investment in emerging markets. Also set to feature at this international event will be how private finance can work with government to ensure that green growth is able to boost the post-COVID global recovery. More than a hundred of the most influential UK and global financial, political and business leaders are to participate in debates at the Green Horizon Summit. They include HRH The Prince of Wales, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank. Senior international business figures include Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of Blackrock, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg as well as the Chief Executives of HSBC, Barclays and Standard Chartered Banks. The three day event is being livestreamed at www.greenhorizonsummit.com. The agenda for each day of the event as well as further details on the sessions and the individuals taking part can also be found on the summit website. 692nd Lord Mayor of London William Russell said: “With one year to go until COP26, we mustn’t lose sight of the challenge – and opportunity – that the green transition can bring. That’s why the Green Horizon Summit is such a vital moment, as we bring governments and financiers together to accelerate progression towards a more sustainable global economic system. The UK’s innovation in green finance - as well as its deep pools of capital and its expertise in areas such as infrastructure investment - mean it is well-placed to support that transition, including the Private Finance Strategy for COP26 outlined by Mark Carney today.” Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness said: “The City is driving forward the transition to net zero. As one of the world’s leading financial centres, it is our responsibility to support the fight against climate change by accelerating the finance needed for this transition by following the Private Finance Strategy for COP26. London’s spirit of innovation and depth of expertise make it a key ally as we look to green the global financial system through improved climate disclosures, more effective risk management, better forward-looking metrics, and connecting capital to investable projects in emerging markets.” Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum said: “Public-private cooperation has never been needed more. Convening global leaders of finance, business, government and civil society at the Green Horizon Summit is an opportunity find innovative ways to transition to net zero. Steering a more inclusive and sustainable global economic recovery and addressing the bio-diversity crisis are top priorities of a much-needed Great Reset.” Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute, Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas said: “Aligning global finance to support a net zero carbon economy will require investable real economy policies, supportive regulation, and creative financial solutions that mobilise capital at the local level. The Green Horizon Summit provides a global platform to promote the collaboration and knowledge sharing that is so critical to accelerating this agenda.” Ends Contact: Dafydd Rees: greenhorizonsummit@newgatecomms.com Joe Dibben: joe.dibben@cityoflondon.gov.uk Notes to Editors: About the City of London Corporation The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. For more information visit cityoflondon.gov.uk and follow @CityofLondon About the Green Finance Institute The Green Finance Institute is an independent, commercially focused organisation, supported by Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the City of London Corporation. As the UK’s principal forum for public and private sector collaboration in green finance, it is uniquely placed to mobilise capital to accelerate the domestic and international transition to a sustainable, net-zero carbon economy that is also climate resilient. The Green Finance Institute convenes and leads mission-led coalitions to identify and unlock barriers to deploy capital at pace and scale towards impactful, real-economy outcomes. For more information visit greenfinanceinstitute.co.uk and follow the Institute on Twitter and LinkedIn. About the World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, engaging the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods brings together over 140 leading companies and 50 governments, institutions and civil society organisations to advance and scale collaboration on climate action and nature-based solutions, including activities such as the Mission Possible Platform in collaboration with the Energy Transition Commission; The Tropical Forest Alliance and the Nature Action Agenda. For more information visit weforum.org or follow @wef More...
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    Camden Council has adopted a series of amendments to the council’s constitution, which will ensure that all council decisions seek to enhance the natural environment, and to act to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Camden council is the first local authority to enact constitutional changes in response to the Climate emergency. The council has also established a new Citizen Panel, which will meet four times a year, to oversee the delivery of its new Climate Action Plan. The Constitutional changes, agreed at the full Council in September 2020, now explicitly require Councillors to act to mitigate and ensure resilience to climate change in recognition of the climate emergency. They also require all Council decisions from now on to seek to enhance the natural environment. Councillor Adam Harrison continued: “I was pleased to work alongside representatives of Climate Emergency Camden and Extinction Rebellion Camden to bring this Constitutional change to fruition. “To further strengthen the scrutiny of our climate emergency response, we have also established a new Citizen Panel to review the progress of our new Climate Action Plan. “The Citizen Panel was recruited to over the summer, with membership closely reflecting the demographics of the borough. The panel met for the first time on October and meets again in November. “The Citizen Panel adds a new participatory angle to Council governance, placing our residents at the heart of decision making.” Chandrima Padmanabhan, Citizen Panel member, said: “I wanted to say how much I really appreciate the energy and pro-activeness that Camden Council bring to this project, and the commitment to comprehensively keep citizens an integral part of the process. “I'm very excited about engaging more closely in the coming months!” The amended constitution now reads: “Protect and, if possible, enhance the natural environment to the benefit of the borough and its residents and act to mitigate and ensure resilience to climate change in recognition of the declared climate emergency.” More...
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