Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Conference: Doing More with Less

  Our June 23rd conference focused on sustainable revenue at local level. [PDF] [PDF] For un-edited presentation slides, follow the links at the bottom of this web page. Full conference summary coming soon!  Our June 23rd conference was an energising day of strategy, skills and … [Read more...]

Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Devolution and Localism in London – What next?

Barely a week from the General Election, and as we digest the flurry of policy announcements from all sides, it’s worth reflecting on the localism agenda, one of the big reforms in the first half of the current coalition’s term. In 2012, Future of London published Localism in London, based on a survey of local authority officers and other … [Read more...]

Capturing Value – Briefing

Everything in the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 comes back to investment. Upgrading and building the systems required to accommodate London’s growth to 2050 could cost up to £1.3tn. This means almost twice the current expenditure by 2025, a gap which cannot be covered by the public sector. New mechanisms are needed – and the property market … [Read more...]

Spring seminars: Delivering public health

Today, there’s little debate about the fact that health and the built environment are linked, though it wasn’t always so. Perhaps nowhere is the connection better captured than here in London, where John Snow famously traced an 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho to a water pump on (now) Broadwick Street. Not only did this discovery place Snow at the … [Read more...]

Lessons and questions from London’s Poverty Profile

Last week, Trust for London and the New Policy Institute [NPI] released the fourth edition of London’s Poverty Profile. This independent report draws on official government data to paint a picture of poverty and inequality across the Capital. By compiling statistics from across a range of government agencies, the report succinctly takes a … [Read more...]

‘Money, Power and Control’ – How one Coalition legacy may be the eventual devolution of London

Future of London’s first 3-2-1 session was on London governance and finance three years after the general election. It focused on how the recommendations of the London Finance Commission might help offset cuts to local government funding while taking forward some of the localism agenda’s most promising elements. The June 13th event was chaired … [Read more...]

Creating new local revenue streams

Download Changes to the way local authorities in London are funded could see councils financially rewarded for saying ‘yes’ to new development and business expansion. Research from Centre for Cities and Future of London, argues that reforms should be bold and allow councils to retain between 40% and 60% of future business rates growth to … [Read more...]