Gearing up for Infrastructure Investment: Stakeholders target needs

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced London’s first long-term Infrastructure Investment Plan at his Vision 2020 launch in June, and the GLA has been busy scoping the project since. On December 16th, Future of London joined the first IIP stakeholder day at City Hall, to explore options for meeting London’s growing infrastructure needs. Central … [Read more...]

Imagining the Future City: London 2062

Last week, we participated in the launch of Imagining the Future City: London 2062, a cross-sector anthology that approaches the question of London’s future. The book is the culmination of Future of London’s work on the London 2062 programme headed by UCL’s Grand Challenge on Sustainable Cities. In Spring 2012, we partnered with UCL to … [Read more...]

Localism, two years on

Two years ago today, the Localism Act received Royal Assent.  With it came a suite of reforms across the UK purported to empower both local authorities and the communities they serve, ranging from the New Homes Bonus to the General Power of Competence. In London, localism came with particular significance as Mayoral planning, regeneration and … [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...]

Price of private sector housing continues to climb

It’s been just over six months since the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published our report Changes to Affordable Housing in London and Implications for Delivery. In that time, there have been many developments that continue to shape the city’s housing landscape. It’s early days to gauge the ‘concrete’ impacts of recent housing initiatives by the … [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...]

The Localism Bill: New Briefing Paper

To provide the context for our newly launched Localism Project, we are delighted to publish this briefing paper summarising key parts of the Localism Bill and some of the challenges it poses for policymakers in London. In particular, the paper provides detail on the new general power of competence for London Boroughs, new revenue streams such as … [Read more...]

Localism in London: event report

Future of London and GVA hosted the latest in our series of seminars looking at development and renewal issues – this time examining the impact of the Government’s localism agenda on planning and regeneration in the capital. We heard from central Government, and from those leading radical projects in inner and outer London, how the localism agenda … [Read more...]

Cross party dismay at affordable housing policy

Bagehot, the Economist’s political columnist, wrote a piece last week on the convergence of right and left wing political opinion on that controversial matter of affordable housing policy in London.  Compare Boris’s accusation of ‘Kosovo style cleansing’ with shadow work and pensions minister and Westminster North MP Karen Buck’s declaration that … [Read more...]

Delivery in uncertain times

The second instalment in this year's Breakfast Seminar Series turned its gaze on the new institutional landscape, as quangos have been hoisted on to the bonfire, or if not, have at least been left with singed eyebrows and minor smoke inhalation.  Our panel comprised Dick Sorabji - London Councils, Nick Taylor - HCA, Toby Lloyd - Shelter, Mark … [Read more...]