Central London Forward (CLF) is a partnership of the 12 central London local authorities. We work together with our member authorities and with other stakeholders to support inclusive and sustainable growth in central London; so that our economy thrives, and our residents benefit from the opportunities this creates.
CLF has four main areas of work:
Connecting Communities is a GLA/ESF funded contract to support residents across 12 London boroughs into training and sustainable work. It is a 15 month programme aimed at building confidence and skills so that our local residents are prepared and able to access opportunities in the local economy.
Central London’s communities and business are facing a period of unprecedented challenge and change due to the impact of COVID-19. Access to world-class digital infrastructure has never been more important, and will be key to the capital’s economic and social recovery.
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 ended in October 2020. For 2 years, we supported over 700 residents from across the 8 participating Local Authorities on their journey into finding a new career within the construction industry.
All 12 local authorities in central London have set ambitious targets to reach net zero. The Mayor of London and the UK Government have also set net zero targets, with the government publishing their Net Zero Strategy in October 2021.
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.