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Safer, supported and sustained – a three-point plan to help central London’s retail and hospitality sectors through COVID-19

COVID-19 has hit retail and hospitality businesses in central London particularly hard. Bars, pubs, restaurants, shops and attractions were forced to close their doors during the national lockdown.

Guest blog by Steve Hughes, WPI Economics – 16.10.2020

Planning reform proposals might risk employment opportunities

While much of the media coverage of the government’s planning reform proposals have understandably focused on what they mean for affordable housing, they will have a significant impact on how apprenticeship and skills support is funded as well.

Chris Haley, 30.09.2020

Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril: this focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

London, the city of Zadie Smith and Shakespeare’s Globe, grime and the Royal Albert Hall, Steve McQueen and the National Gallery, has long had an enthralling culture, helping to attract attention, visitors, and investment from across the globe.

Guest blog by Jonathan Todd, BOP Consulting – 22.9.2020

Accessing employment across Central London

It’s easy to think about London – and particularly Central London – as a city where everything is accessible; where anyone can get from A to B with a tap of their Oyster card. The reality is much more complex than that.

Guest blog by Helen McKenzie, Steer – 26.8.2020


A London response to the jobs crisis: principles for employment support

Our response to the growing jobs crisis must meet the needs of Londoners and the London economy. The government’s Plan for Jobs is a welcome start, but the measures need to go further to meet the challenges faced by central London’s labour market and economy throughout the crisis.

Efa Gough – 14.08.2020

The jobs crisis in London is gathering pace – and it will need a London response

The public health crisis over the last four months is now fast becoming a jobs crisis.  Nationwide, the latest official figures show that there were already a million fewer people in paid work in June than in March, while the number of young people out of work is the highest that it has been since 2015.

Guest blog by Tony Wilson, IES – 27.07.2020

Digital exclusion is a barrier to our Coronavirus recovery

Seven percent of Londoners are digitally excluded. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics show that despite a large reduction in “internet non-users” over the past ten years, 5.3 million adults nationally have never used the internet or not used it for the past three months,(ONS, 2019).

Chris Haley – 16.07.2020

COVID-19 Impacts on London’s Public Transport Network

It is clear that life won’t be returning to normal for some time, with the government stating on Monday (11th May) that all those able to work from home must continue to do so until at least July. The impact on London’s public transport services has been significant with ridership on the tube and bus network reported as being 95% and 85% below normal levels at the end of April (BBC).

Alison Noehrbass – 14.05.2020

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