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Council ramps up help for cost of living crisis as new administration marks 100 days in office

A red, green and blue horizontal striped banner that reads on the right hand side '100 days of action'

Published: 15 August 2022

A £130,000 investment to support food banks across Westminster is at the centre of  £5.6m package of further measures designed to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Westminster City Council is also putting £340,000 into holiday activities and food support for low-income families – and, ahead of the return to school next month, the council is helping 850 pupils with the cost of school uniforms.

The new help for local families on low incomes is announced as the Council marks 100 days of the new administration elected on May 6.

As energy bills soar and the cost of the supermarket shop escalates, the council is putting support in place in other areas for those struggling - issuing more than 50,000 council tax rebates and employing extra staff at Citizen’s Advice Westminster to cope with the surge in questions from anxious residents.

Achievements in the first 100 days of the new administration include:

  • Immediately pausing the sale of any council housing and commissioning an urgent review into the policy
  • Identifying more than 100 illegal rubbish dumping 'hot spots' where local Waste Action Squads will take targeted action
  • Reinstating the previously removed second weekly waste collection for everyone who needs it
  • Installing 500 new electric vehicle charging points in the coming months
  • Rolling out new cycling routes, speeding up the installation of cycle hangers, working with local cycling groups and TfL - while also tackling the scourge of dockless hire bikes being abandoned on our streets
  • Expanding the pop-up business scheme to allow local traders to have a shop front on Oxford Street - while also taking action against rip-off American candy stores which are fleecing customers
  • Drawing up ambitious plans to ensure more new homes being built in the City become affordable for renters - including major developments at Ebury Bridge and Church Street
  • Celebrating with our communities with events to mark Windrush Day, Pride and the Jubilee weekend - welcoming visitors back to the borough in numbers not seen since the pandemic
  • Appointing the first ever Lord Mayor from a black and ethnic minority who is leading an ambitious programme of visits to ensure  all our communities feel the Council is listening to them
  • Launching a new Future of Westminster Commission drawing on external experts to ensure all of Westminster gets the long-term opportunities and benefits of living in the heart of the capital.

More detailed announcements are due over the coming months, including at the City’s full council meeting which will see further commitments on Cost-of-living and fresh proposals to stop the use of Westminster as a recycling centre for “dirty money” invested in our city by oligarchs and kleptocrats from around the world.

Cllr Adam Hug Leader of Westminster City Council, said:

We may be in the middle of a heat wave, but everyone knows a chill wind is coming in the form of rising prices. The cost-of-living crisis is going to bite hard in the autumn, so we are putting in place now measures to help local people. We have already committed to freeze Council Tax until the Budget in March 2024.

100 days ago, the people of Westminster gave us the great honour of leading the City and they made it clear they want major change - in how the Council is run, its priorities and ensuring the voice of local people is genuinely heard in decision making.

Delivering more affordable housing, job opportunities for local people, further help for those struggling and levelling up for all parts of our City - these are the cornerstones of this administration. The first 100 days have seen some us make some important first steps in our mission to build a fairer Westminster, and I can assure local people we are working hard on their priorities with more ambitious announcements to come.

More on our plans to build a Fairer Westminster here