The charity 4Children has launched its Mayoral Manifesto for Families, in advance of the election for London's mayor on 3 May.
The manifesto sets out the 10 things which families told the charity they wanted their mayor to deliver for them, including:
- Developing a Family Test to ensure all policies from City Hall are family friendly
- Transforming London's children's centres into an integrated network of support hubs for families which span the city
- Beginning to tackle London's housing crisis by building at least 55,000 more affordable family homes by 2016
- Working with childcare providers and local authorities to develop a flexible childcare scheme to support working parents.
When 4Children compared the candidates' positions to their 10 pledges, they discovered a broad array of responses, some more family-friendly than others. The Green Party's Jenny Jones came closest to fulfilling their pledges, followed by the independent Siobhan Benita. However the charity felt there was still room for improvement.
Anne Longfield OBE, 4Children Chief Executive, said of the manifesto: "London families are facing a triple whammy of high housing costs and costs of living, reduced finances and reductions in their services, which are leaving many without the support they need to flourish.
"It is clear that the future Mayor, whoever he or she is, has some very serious issues to address to make London a city for families. London has the capacity to be the most family friendly city in Europe, and we're calling on every Mayoral candidate to make sure it fulfils its potential."
Posted by Penny Hosie