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Advertiser letters: Dementia friendly city and councillors’ pay awards

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working towards a dementia friendly London. Picture: PA

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working towards a dementia friendly London. Picture: PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

A demential friendly city

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, writes:

There are 72,000 people living with dementia in London and too many face the condition alone and without adequate support.

I am proud that, last week, we worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to host the first ever Dementia Friendly London Summit at City Hall, demonstrating our collective commitment towards a dementia friendly London. We want a society where people think and act differently about dementia.

I’ve taken Dementia Friend training alongside 150 other City Hall staff. Transport for London has integrated dementia awareness into its equalities training programme and will roll out Dementia Friends sessions across its entire workforce.

And all Team London volunteers for the Euro 2020 championships will be trained as Dementia Friends.

Every Londoner can join this movement by becoming a Dementia Friend which allows you to learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia, and then turn that understanding into action.

In London there are already around 120,000 Dementia Friends taking action to make a difference – but we need to do more.

Get involved by visiting: alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlylondon

Proposals to give pay awards to councillors is a slap in the face

John Kelly, Shadwell, full address supplied, writes:

Mere days after polling John Biggs shows the absolute contempt he has for the lowly paid residents of the borough by awarding outrageous pay awards to councillors.

Do not forget within months of the last election he awarded himself and councillors a large pay and allowances increase.

There is no justification at all for these people to merit such sums. When you consider how superfluous the mayor’s role is, or at best barely a part time post, you can see it is just creating non jobs for his chums.

Why three deputy mayors and a chief whip?

Utter nonsense.

As for his comments to attract top talent to the cabinet!

When you look around Tower Hamlets and see the dirty crime ridden area it has become you have to wonder what Biggs and his team actually do and what about the CEO Will Tuckley on £228,000 per annum.

This is a total slap in the face to residents.

• Do you agree or disagree with John Kelly? Email ela.editorial@archant.co.uk

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