The core purpose of Central London Forward (CLF) is to provide a collective voice for Central London Forward’s member boroughs and their citizens.
To do so, the work we do for our membership involves:
At present, CLF’s membership have agreed that the core collective policy concerns of the Central London boroughs centre around:
As well as providing strategic policy advice and advocacy, Central London Forward is responsible for commissioning and managing a number of programmes to support CLF residents improve their skills and support them in finding work, such as Enterprise Advisors and Working Capital.
CLF also has a number of major programmes currently under development, including a major new initiative to support Central Londoner’s back into work (Central London Works), and a scheme to help residents access the skills and the opportunities for a career in the construction sector (Construction Careers).
Working Capital is a multi-million pound pilot programme aimed at helping long-term Employment Support Allowance claimants back into work.
Launching in March 2018, Central London Works is a new employment programme to help CLF residents with health conditions back into work.
The Construction Careers programme is being developed to support local residents to access the high number of construction jobs available in London’s booming building sector.
The Enterprise Adviser programme works with schools to support better careers education through matching them with volunteers from the world of work.
The success of Central London is dependent on its infrastructure but much of it is now operating at capacity. Together, CLF's boroughs are working to invest in new infrastructure, and better manage what is currently in place.
Central London has some of the most expensive housing costs in the world. Our boroughs are working together to find new ways to tackle the deep challenges in Central London's housing market.
Our economic strategy identified a series of challenges with how the tax system interacts with Central London's economy. CLF's boroughs are therefore developing a series of proposals for fiscal devolution that will better support inclusive growth.
CLF’s jobs market has grown substantially since the economic crisis, but the changing nature of work in Central London presents acute challenges for Central London residents.