Occupy London gets moving on policy: first statement of the City of London Policy Group
*** Update – some media outlets appear to be reporting that Occupy London has agreed to leave if its demands of the Corporation are met. These specific demands only focus on the Corporation and are in no way part of our ongoing dialogue in relation to the Highways Act. There will be further demands from Occupy London in the future as part of its aim to challenge social and economic injustice in the global fight for real democracy. ****
After three weeks of occupation at its original site near the London Stock Exchange – just by St Pauls Courtyard – and two weeks at Finsbury Square, Occupy London is turning its attention to substantive policy recommendations, as part of its aim to challenge and address the economic and social inequalities in London and beyond.
The City of London Policy Group, set up to examine matters pertaining to the Square Mile including, but not restricted to, its governance, has now had its initial three demands approved by the General Assembly.
Those demands, which are published for the first time today, emphasise the importance of transparency for public bodies, particularly in regard to their financial and lobbying activities. The City of London Policy Group also holds that the anomalous status of the City of London in relation to the Freedom of Information Act, which all other local authorities are subject to, needs to be addressed.
The City of London Policy Group is independent of the continuing process of dialogue between Occupy London and the Corporation of London regarding the Occupation’s position in relation to the Highways Act. Those discussions are ongoing.
In its initial statement, the City of London policy group calls on the Corporation of London to do the following:
1. Publish full, year-by-year breakdowns of the City Cash account, future and historic.
2. Make the entirety of its activities subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
3. Detail all advocacy undertaken on behalf of the banking and finance industries, since the 2008 financial crash.
It is the intention of the City of London Policy Group to present this list of demands formally to the Guildhall later this week. Future meetings of the City of London Policy Group will be publicised in advance to enable interested parties who may not be attending Occupy London on a regular basis to participate fully in proceedings.