Central London Forward Publications


The Central London Recovery Tracker – November 2021.



CLF: Submission to the APPG for London as a Global City – Call for Evidence. This submission outlines CLF’s position on the challenges and opportunities facing London’s world city status.



Green Jobs and Skills in London: cross-London report. This report examines the potential scale and nature of green jobs across London in the coming decade, and is the most detailed study to date of the impact of net zero on the capital’s labour market.  You can also view the presentation summarising the key data and analysis from the report.




The Central London Recovery Tracker – October 2021.



CLF: Submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2021. This submission argues that central London can play a vital role in driving the national economic recovery, and in levelling up post-pandemic.  You can also read a  summary of the submission




Central London’s Infrastructure Priorities makes the case for investing in infrastructure in the capital, it highlights the projects which could most benefit London and the rest of the UK, and it sets out how these could be delivered.





Interim report: Inequality and poverty in central London before and during COVID-19. This is the first stage of independent research commissioned by CLF from WPI Economics which looks at the impact of COVID-19 on inequality in health, the labour market, education and skills, business ownership and wealth.


CLF: Response to the Department for Education’s Skills for Jobs: A new Further Education funding and accountability system. CLF has submitted our response to proposed funding reforms to the FE system. We have highlighted that this reform should not come at the cost of London’s funding levels, and the wider role of Adult Community Learning must be recognised.



The Central London Recovery Tracker – September 2021.



Reforming Local Government Finance – Central London Forward position paper. CLF has worked with officers at member boroughs to develop a position paper on local government finance. The paper highlights areas of concern and identifies recommendations for reform.



CLF: Response to the joint HM Treasury and MHCLG consultation on more frequent revaluations. This is part of the wider Fundamental Review of Business Rates. More frequent revaluations are vital to ensure rates reflect economic realities and reduce uncertainty for both businesses and local authorities.


CLF: Response to GLA Adult Education Roadmap Consultation.  CLF has submitted our response to the GLA’s Adult Education Budget (AEB) Roadmap consultation. The Roadmap will set the direction for the AEB over the next mayoral term.




The Central London Recovery Tracker – July 2021.




The Central London Recovery Tracker – June 2021.




Health and Social Care Skills and Employment Outcomes. This agreement was developed in partnership with Shared Intelligence, following engagement with local authorities, employers, and skills providers. It is an agreement for employment and skills outcomes for the health and social care sectors in central London.





Central London Recovery Plan 2021-22. This plan sets out both Central London Forward’s views on how we think the central London area can and will recover, as well as the specific actions which we will undertake to help achieve that goal.






Central London Forward: Response to the Spring Budget 2021. CLF has submitted our response to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget speech.




CLF: Response to the ‘Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure’ technical consultation 2021. CLF has submitted our response to the government’s technical consultation which highlights our significant concerns regarding the impact of the proposed permitted development right on our high streets and town centres, as well as our businesses and communities in central London.



CLF has submitted our representation to the HCLG Cmte Inquiry on Local Government Finance. This outlines our recommendations for a system of local government finance that is sustainable and gives local authorities the power to support and shape the development of inclusive economies.


Central London Forward: Response to the ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper 2020. Central London Forward has submitted our response to the White Paper which sets out our thinking on the proposals and highlights our concerns regarding the impact on affordable housing, employment and skills, and the risk of increased complexity in the current system.



Fundamental Review of Business Rates 2020 – CLF Representation to Treasury. Central London Forward has submitted our representation to the 2020 Review which outlines our strategic recommendations on the proposed Online Sales Tax, Small Business Rates Relief and the frequency of valuations.




Central London Forward: Comprehensive Spending Review 2020– Representation to TreasuryCentral London Forward have submitted our representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). This sets out our thinking on what the government needs to prioritise in the next Spending Review.



Where next for retail and hospitality in central London?  Following the Government’s announcement on the 22 September of further Covid-19 restrictions, WPI Economics have provided an update to their research on the retail & hospitality sectors.



The current and future impact of COVID-19 on London’s retail and hospitality sectors. This independent research commissioned by CLF from WPI Economics looks at the various factors affecting the retail and hospitality sectors in central London.


Securing the future of culture in central London amid COVID-19 This independent research commissioned by Central London Forward from BOP Consulting explores the unique challenges facing the culture sector in central London, and how its presence, both through cultural institutions and the workforce that underpins it, can be preserved.



Access to employment in central London. Report exploring the geographic nature of employment in central London. The findings shows how transport shapes who can access the areas of high employment in central London. The report looks at London before 2020, before Covid-19, but the issues it raises are vital to how we plan for the future of central London.




The Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on central London. This presentation addresses how the COVID-19 lock down affected central London’s economy and labour market and what early lessons can be taken to hypothecate the medium and long term impact of COVID-19.



The Inclusive Growth Strategy provides a joint position for areas of work where, by working collaboratively, the inner London boroughs can drive inclusive growth. The strategy focuses on Infrastructure, Housing and Land, and proposes actions within these areas.



The Skills Strategy lays out some of the key skills and employment challenges facing central London. This includes London’s highly polarised labour market, the limited opportunities for progression, and a mismatch between the skills employers need and the skills training currently delivered by providers.



The Central London Forward Business plan sets out our work on the two priorities agreed by our Board Members, sustaining the economic growth of Central London and ensuring a fairer distribution of the proceeds of growth. It also gives details on the key areas of our work and the milestones we will be measuring our progress against.




This third evaluation report of the Working Capital Programme compares experiences of delivery of Working Capital between summer 2017 and                  summer 2018, considering good practice and challenges encountered. It builds on the previous reports to explore, in greater detail, outcomes achieved on the programme as well as providing an update on the Randomised Control Trial.