Charities target London Mayor candidates

Green Party representative Siân Berry is the first candidate for the post of London Mayor to sign up to Social Enterprise London's charter on the development of social businesses in the capital.

The charter, which was submitted to all four leading candidates, asks for an increase in the role of social enterprises in service delivery, a pledge to secure wider social and environmental benefits from government procurement processes and the formation of a community of social entrepreneurs to help tackle London’s public service challenges.

“We need to recognise the enormous value that community-centred businesses add,” said Berry.

Meanwhile, nine major charities have formed a coalition to lobby the London mayoral candidates on child protection in the capital.

The National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations, Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, Coram, London Play, NCH, the NSPCC, the Prince’s Trust and the London Voluntary Service Council have submitted letters to the candidates asking them to improve the lives of all young Londoners.

The coalition, which grew out of a meeting of the NCVCCO’s London group, plans to follow up its actions with a letter to the winning candidate requesting a series of commitments.

“Between them, these charities work with many young people across the capital,” said Joe Levenson, director of policy and communications at the NCVCCO.

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