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First 100 days of action

Work has begun to deliver a Fairer Westminster

Westminster remains a city with so much to offer, but for many, those opportunities can feel a world away.

As we mark the first 100 days of action under the new administration, the council is committed to tackling deep-rooted inequalities and has already delivered changes to help achieve a fairer Westminster - one where the whole of the City feels part of being at the heart of the capital.

Adam Hug, Leader of the Council has said:

100 days ago, we started work on new priorities for the council.

More affordable housing; rented properties fit to live in; revamped local high streets and a West End that provides jobs and opportunities for local people. For too long local people have had things done to them by the council - that’s changing.

We’ve set ourselves ambitious, hard targets. The first 100 days are setting the stage for big changes to come.

 

Find out about how the council is already delivering on this promise and how you can continue to be part of this decision making.   

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  • Launched a school uniform fund to support an additional 850 pupils with costs of school uniforms.
  • Allocated £130,000 of funding to food banks and food pantries.
  • Secured additional £240,000 to supplement Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme.
  • Currently leading the Candy store crack down that is blighting Oxford Street and other major centres.
  • Lobbied  the government about the TfL funding deal and delivered a campaign to encourage residents to participate in the bus consultation.
  • Celebrating our communities, including the commitment to have members of the public participate in council meetings, the first being on Windrush Day with Peter Straker addressing Full Council.
  • Successfully secured £60,000 in funding for the next two years, so that work can continue on the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme.
  • Supported our communities with events to celebrate Windrush Day, Pride and the Jubilee weekend, which welcomed visitors back to the borough in numbers not seen since the pandemic.
  • Successfully prosecuted pedicab drivers for their excessive noise and anti-social behaviour.
  • Held the first 'inspiring communities’ events.
  • Provided mental health support in schools and to rough sleeping outreach teams.
  • To date, £150 council tax rebate issued to 50,213 households, with 42,203 falling under the main scheme and 8,010 under the discretionary scheme so far.
  • Introduced digital social care accounts so that residents can manage personal budgets and purchase care services online. 
  • Investment from public health reserves to address health inequalities, working with the voluntary sector, across the city.
  • Continued distribution of the Household Support Fund to support vulnerable residents.
  • Mental health support in schools is being expanded and will be embedded in more schools and colleges.
  • Launch of the Bi-borough Inclusion Strategy that addresses the factors that lead to specific groups of children and young people being disproportionately affected by exclusion.
  • The completion of Church Street Community Leisure Centre, delivering a 3 court sports hall, community flexible space, ‘Physical Activity Referral Scheme’ referral room and ‘Changing Places’ facility.
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  • Immediately paused the sale of any council housing and commissioned an urgent review into the policy.
  • Investigating the opportunities to increase social housing on our developments including Church Street and Ebury.
  • Working closely with our private rented strategy group to address evictions leading to homelessness.
  • Created a new role in the council to tackle empty homes in Westminster.
  • Supported residents, the homeless and rough sleepers during unprecedented hot weather in July and August.
  • Championed the Community Thursday walkabouts, where we’ve visited 1900 of our homes, to find out what issues residents are facing.
  • Temporarily stopped and reviewing the policy on private rented properties as a way to discharge our duty to homeless households.
  • Purchased 17 homes with the assistance of the Right to Buy Back fund and we will work with the Mayor of London to access funding to build and acquire more affordable housing.
  • New homes in Victoria to accommodate long term hostel residents to provide a settled move on housing option. We have secured nomination rights to all 19 units in social housing rents.
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  • Getting tough with dockless bike companies who allow their bikes to be dumped on the pavement
  • Agreed to install 500 more Electric Vehicle charging points in Westminster.
  • Met with local cycling groups and Transport for London to identify and plan new safe cycling routes.
  • Working with social enterprise Footways to encourage more walking across the city.
  • We plan to ban the use of the weed killer, glyphosate, in Westminster parks and housing estates.
  • We are identifying new locations for an Air Quality monitoring station north of the borough.
  • We are engaging the community about green-living on our canal in Paddington Basin.
  • Identified over 100 illegal rubbish dumping 'hot spots' where local Waste Action Squads will take targeted action.
  • Delivered the energy saving show home to residents and landlords in the borough.
  • Signed the Green Finance Institute's Local Climate Bond Pledge bringing the Council a step closer to meeting its net zero carbon commitments.
  • Exploring how to make the carbon refit programme work for residents, including publishing a residents guide to insulating windows and advice on planning permission and listed building consent
  • Welcoming Santander Bikes to Paddington Rec, offering cargo bike rental schemes and the greening of Pimlico.
  • 28 Green Flag Awards for Westminster Parks, 3 Green Flag Awards for Westminster Housing Estates at Lillington and Longmore, Churchill Gardens and Lisson Green and 5 Green Heritage Site Accreditations including Christchurch Gardens, Leicester Square Gardens and Victoria Embankment Gardens.
  • Accelerated the roll-out of secure cycle parking hangers, with 154 now on street and 90 more planned by 2023.
  • Launch of the carbon impact evaluation toolkit (CIET) to help determine the carbon implications of council projects and activities.
  • Held the first meeting of Energy and Green Transition Group, which is a panel of experts to support ambition action across the borough on net zero by 2040.
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  • Stopped providing recruitment support for employers that won’t commit to paying at least the London Living wage.
  • Developing new options for investment in the West End, including Oxford Street and Soho to ensure we can deliver the best results shoppers, workers, visitors and residents.
  • Refused plans for a developer that wanted to build a 60 home development, on the grounds that it was offering just 7% affordable housing.
  • Hosted a conference with other London boroughs to plan for the recovery of London’s West End.
  • Successfully lobbied the government to protect important local high streets, such as Harrow Road, from indiscriminate conversion of retail shops to residential accommodation.
  • Made Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy grants to a number of community initiatives including the Soho Poly Theatre, St Marylebone School and the Church Street Neighbourhood Forum.
  • Expanding the pop-ups programme to bring vacant units in the West End back into use.
  • Made a bid to the Levelling Up fund to restore and reactivate the Flamboyan Arts building on Fernhead Road so that it can be brought back into community use.
  • Applied to the Mayor of London for Harrow Road to become a Creative Enterprise Zone.
  • Began setting up a Retrofit Taskforce to advise the Council and building owners on decarbonising commercial and residential property in Westminster.
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Get involved

The work achieved so far has been a joint effort, with thanks to our residents, businesses and community partners who have all helped us to get things done.

We will continue to work with our communities to listen and respond to their needs.

Find out about the different ways to get involved in council delivery and decision-making: