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Do people experiencing deprivations face a quality-of-life dilemma?

Measuring levels of deprivations is often based on the Office of National Statistics’ Index of Multiple Deprivations (IMD). This index brings together 14 separate measurements of deprivation factors, relating to rates such as income- and employment-related benefits claims, health outcomes, and quality of the environment.

Guest blog by Dr Jamie O’Brien, UCL – 27.3.2020


Using demographic data to drive change

Supporting our member boroughs to drive inclusive growth is a key aim for Central London Forward, but what does this actually look like in practice? One of our approaches to this is using the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) to highlight areas within the sub-regional partnership that would benefit from increased activity from our programmes.

Aaron Ayling – 31.1.2020


How fair are London’s faresconcessionary schemes and transport affordability 

Earlier this month, the Mayor announced his intention to  introduce a companion pass that would provide free travel across the TfL network to carers of disabled peopleThe announcement sets the tone for Mayoral election that is likely to focus heavily on the capital’s various transport challenges. 

Alison Noehrbass – 15.01.2020


Skills in central London – what next for 2020? 

Improving skills provision is a key priority across the central London sub-region, and this has been a key theme throughout 2019, with the launch of our Skills Strategy for central Londona new programme of work focused on improving skills outcomes in the health and social care sector, and our Employment and Skills Board examining apprenticeship provision within our local authorities, and working on ways to introduce more, higher-quality apprenticeships.  

Meghan Meek-O’Connor – 06.01.2020


Reflections on what the Queen’s Speech means for London

The dust has settled somewhat on last week’s general election, and Londoners may be wondering what this means for their city. Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech confirmed the language favoured by the Conservatives during their campaign of ‘levelling up’ and commitments to invest in the infrastructure outside the capital, with promises such as ‘significant upgrades to urban commuter and regional services outside London’ and a focus on job-creation beyond London and the South East. 

Ellie Mitchell – 20.12.2019


An increase in higher-level apprenticeships – but only for older learners 

A recent Department for Education Publication has provided up-to-date information on apprenticeships started over the 2018-19 academic year. There are some great statistics in there, which are unfortunately not currently available at regional level. For this piece we will have to assume that the statistics in London broadly map onto the national picture – not necessarily true, but until the DfE gathers this data at a regional or sub-regional level it’s the best we can do. 

Meghan Meek-O’Connor – 16.12.2019


Transport poverty challenges in central London

Transport poverty impacts on peoples’ lives more than we would think. Whilst the conversation around poverty in London is often in relation to housing costs and food security (and rightly so), transport poverty is a lesser-considered part of life for many people in the capital.

Ellie Mitchell – 11.12.2019


Reflections on the launch of the Inclusive Growth Strategy

The challenges of delivering inclusive growth and opportunity for boroughs to work together was the focus at the launch of the Inclusive Growth Strategy on Monday 18th November at the London Connectory. 

Alison Noehrbass – 28.11.2019