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 programmes to support CLF residents improve their skills and support them in finding work e.g. JETS and Working Capital.
CLF also has a number of programmes, including an 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).
The central London JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) programme went live on the 19th October 2020. Our delivery partner, Ingeus will support central London residents who are unemployed due to the impact of COVID-19 to return to work.
Launched in March 2018, Central London Works is an employment programme designed to support CLF residents overcome their employment barriers and move into stable, well-paid work.
The Working Capital programme ended on the 31st October 2020. Working Capital was a multi-million pound pilot programme aimed at helping people with long-term health conditions back into work.
The Construction Careers pilot project has now come to an end. During the past 2 years we have supported over 700 residents from across the 8 participating Local Authorities on their journey into finding a new career within the construction industry.
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.
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.
Technological advances and social changes have introduced a considerable shift in the way that people work. This has implications for our Skills Strategy, and for how we think about London as a place of work.
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.