Spotlight: Is the housing sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Geeta Nanda - CEO at Thames Valley Housing, as first appeared in Inside Housing.  Opening the papers recently, I read about Eileen Burbridge – one of the most high-profile business women investing in tech companies – who was regularly assumed to be one of the office assistants, not the … [Read more...]

Spotlight: How to set a council budget in a financial storm

Future of London occasionally posts Spotlight features from guests, but we haven’t yet published anything by an elected member. This article, written by LB Harrow councillor Adam Swersky in late November 2016, is the first exception, shared with you because he’s written pretty eloquently about local authority staff and councillors having to … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]

Spotlight: The Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme

In our Spotlight series, we cover innovations in regeneration, community engagement, ways of working and more being undertaken by Future of London members. This Spotlight is focused on the Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme, an initiative managed through the GLA to provide funding to community projects. Background Established in early 2015, the … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Islington young person’s design competition

In our Spotlight series, we cover innovations in regeneration, community engagement, ways of working and more being undertaken by Future of London members. This Spotlight is focused on the operation and outcomes of LB Islington’s young person’s design competition, which invited young people to create a masterplan for a local regeneration … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Social Value in Croydon

The Social Value Act, introduced in 2013, allows councils to take social value delivered through a contract into account when procuring services. The legislation was intended to help local authorities commission services based on the best overall value to the community, rather than just awarding contracts based on lowest cost. The Department for … [Read more...]

COCos: More than a flavour of the month

London’s housing need is well established. According to the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy, the Capital needs at least 42,000 houses per year in order to satisfy demand, and is at the moment providing only around half that amount. While plans are underway to boost house-building through policy measures such as the Mayor’s recently announced … [Read more...]

Queen’s Park Community Council: Localism in action

Westminster embraces Localism in Queen’s Park, establishing London’s first parish council. In May 2014, residents of Queen’s Park in North Westminster secured their place in the history books by voting in inner London’s first ever parish council. At the inaugural meeting of Queen’s Park Community Council, on June 5th, the 12 new councillors were … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Taking Stock at TfL – an interview with Graeme Craig

Its day-to-day operations may be unique, but Transport for London (TfL) faces the same types of budget and capacity pressures as all regional and local authorities. And like other public bodies, TfL wants – needs, in fact – to make better use of its asset base, both to improve services and to offset operating and capital costs. However, the … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Home is at the heart of Rayners Lane

As the Rayners Lane Estate in LB Harrow nears the end of a major 12-year regeneration programme, we caught up with Home Group’s Head of Design (and Future London Leaders graduate), Dhruv Sookhoo, who spoke to us about Home Group’s work on the estate, and how it has benefitted those living there. Rayners Lane Estate is the largest housing estate … [Read more...]