A third of councils in London (10 boroughs) failed to prosecute a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
A further half of London councils (18) prosecuted fewer than 10 landlords for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
The one London Borough (Newham) with mandatory licensing in place for the entire year of 2014/2015 was responsible for over 70 per cent of all prosecutions in London under the Housing Act (2004)
There is significant variation in the level of enforcement activity by London boroughs, with some councils inspecting one in 14 private rented properties for hazards, and others only inspecting one in five hundred properties.
Commenting on Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, Tim Farron has called on George Osborne to follow his example.
Tim Farron said:
"It is quite right that Iain Duncan Smith has resigned over this heartless plan to cut disability benefits, but the true mastermind of the changes George Osborne, should also be considering his position.
Changes hidden in the Budget will mean the NHS has £650m less to spend on front line services, Liberal Democrat research can reveal.
The research on the budget, based on analysis from the House of Commons Library, reveals hidden changes to public sector pensions, passing the cost directly to the health service and other public sector bodies.
Hidden in the Chancellor's Budget was a backdoor £2bn cut to public services. This cut has been attacked by Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson John Pugh.
Plans to reduce the public service pension scheme discount rate will raise the Treasury around £2bn from 2019/20.
But this means that public sector employers, such as the NHS, schools and local councils will have to make up the shortfall in pensions contributions - hitting their budgets.
Commenting, Education spokesperson John Pugh MP said: "Public services that we all rely on can only function if they are properly supported and funded. This Government has already failed to protect the schools budget, is stretching the NHS and has now burdened public sector employers with finding another £2bn for pension contributions.
"The Chancellor is choosing to pursue an overall budget surplus, even though it is not necessary and means more cuts. He says we can trust him with the economy, but he is risking the future of services we all rely on."
At Spring Conference our members voted to help deliver Tim Farron's vision of a gender balanced and more diverse parliamentary party at the next General Election.
Tim's goal of having at least 50% female MPs, and at least 10% black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs will be pursued by an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures, agreed overwhelmingly by party members. Every method available under the law will be used to improve the diversity of our MPs.