Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above

On 26th November, Future of London held the third event in our London 2050 series, Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above. This half-day conference was kindly sponsored by Arup, and brought together public- and private-sector planners, transport experts, engineers and archaeologists to discuss best practice in managing … [Read more...]

Engaging PRS landlords in energy efficiency: report launch and next steps

We launched Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency on 3 December at Pinsent Masons. This report, sponsored by EDF Energy, examines London's private rented sector landscape, and how the public sector can support landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. It identifies four main challenges that boroughs face, before … [Read more...]

Local authority partnerships in London and the Netherlands

On June 17th, Future of London and the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB) joined forces to explore innovative approaches to public sector partnerships. Our City Hall seminar brought together expert practitioners to discuss this rapidly evolving area, and compare approaches in London, Utrecht and The Hague. London councils and … [Read more...]

Embedding health in London boroughs

In April 2013, public health was transferred to local authorities under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012. Until then, public health in England and Wales was managed by the NHS, which had taken over responsibility for measures previously administered by local authorities in 1974. The government saw local authorities as better placed to … [Read more...]

Working with BIDs

The 2003 Local Government Act introduced Business Improvement Districts to the UK, adopting a well-established practice from North America, where they have been used since the 1960s. BIDs have flourished in the UK, with over 200 nationwide – 36 of which are based in the Capital. BIDs come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-million pound West … [Read more...]

Getting the most from ECO and RE:NEW

Local authorities have a number of funding mechanisms available to them in meeting the challenge of cutting carbon waste and making homes energy efficient. But as most of the large scale projects, which offer the most obvious savings, have been completed, authorities have been left with a complex landscape of properties, funding mechanisms and … [Read more...]

Planning for school places

As London’s population continues to rise, and with the country’s highest birth rates, local authorities across the capital region face rapidly increasing demand for school places. Boroughs have a statutory requirement to provide a school place for every child, and many schools are already operating at full capacity. While the current shortage is … [Read more...]

Podcast: David Fell on the future of the London economy

As part of our London 2062 series, economist David Fell reflects on the direction of the London economy over the next fifty years. … [Read more...]

Podcast: David Lunts on the future of housing in London

Here is the latest podcast from our London2062 work programme, undertaken jointly with University College London. This time we hear from David Lunts, Executive Director for Housing at the GLA, set out what he believes will be the major challenges for housing over the next fifty years. You can download this episode here. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Prof. Sir Peter Hall on London’s transport challenges

As part of Future of London and University College London's London 2062 series, you can listen to Prof. Sir Peter Hall discussing the big developments we can expect to see in relation to London transport over the coming decades.   Download the podcast here. … [Read more...]