Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall

Today, I launch the report, Falling Further Behind, which looks at the impact the cost-of-living-crisis is having on vulnerable people across London, and those protected by the Equality Act 2010.

The report finds that, despite being one of the wealthiest cities in the world, the most vulnerable people in London are falling further behind the rest: 9 out of 10 disabled Londoners are concerned about how to meet the rising costs of their energy bills; 92% of BAME Londoners worry about affording their travel expenses; and 75% of young people across our capital find it hard to pay their rent.

It’s unacceptable that vulnerable Londoners are bearing the brunt of the policies of the Mayor and the Government at Westminster. Boris is wrong to believe that inequality is natural or essential and this report gives firm recommendations that he can take to close the inequality gap in London.

Today’s report is a rebuttal to the Mayor’s ludicrous claim that vulnerable people in society are ‘cornflakes’ that require inequality and envy to ‘shake’ them to the top. This report outlines just how misguided his ‘cornflake economics’ is and it is he that needs to be shaken into action. On Wednesday, the government will present its budget, four years in to their term, and the truth is stark, as we already know, we are not ‘all in this together’. This report shows that it is those already marginalised who have been hit the hardest by the cuts.

Rest assured, I will continue to challenge the Mayor, as I have always done, to address the inherent inequality across London and this report provides an excellent tool through which to continue the fight.

I would like to thank Areeq Chowdhury and Abena Oppong-Asare in the Labour Group at City Hall for their tremendous work in writing this report, and you can access a full copy of the report by clicking here.

I had the pleasure of launching a fabulous new initiative called Digital Women UK, which will provide training, networks and the platform to enable women working in the creative industry to have their voices heard in a sector traditionally dominated by men.

The initiative is the idea of the wonderful Joy Francis and Julie Tomlin, from Words of Colour, and has been brought about after months of hard work from her and her team.

On Wednesday 25 September, City Hall played host to some talented women including Rachel Mars, Malika Booker and Minna Salami.

The initiative is an ambitious one, and will give so many talented women the platform they need to kick-start and develop their careers and engage with issues to do with gender, race and class.

I congratulate Joy and her team for such an excellent, innovative and worthwhile project.