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Community reaching out to those in need

26 March, 2020

• IN these difficult circumstances it is terrible to see that the most vulnerable in our community are set to be hit the hardest.

And yet it has been incredibly encouraging to see our community reaching out to those in need.
Right now, food banks are struggling under the weight of increasing demand.

Where possible we can help out with our time, donations and financial support.

Help is also coming from City Hall, which has already launched a £2million emergency support fund for community organisations and set up a dedicated online page for volunteers.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is also working to ensure homeless people can self-isolate, securing an initial 300 hotel rooms for this purpose.

The Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone have been suspended to provide an extra helping hand to those in key front-line services who drive to work.

On top of this, all businesses on Transport for London’s estate have been granted full rent relief for three months.

And the mayor has strengthened London’s “culture at risk” office, to help stop the closures of entertainment venues in the capital.

In the meantime, I want to thank local people for following government guidance, and for looking out for one another where they can.

JENNETTE ARNOLD OBE AM

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