Devo London: What policies does London need to succeed?

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Library of Birmingham

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Birmingham

B1 2EP

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Devo London: What policies does London need to succeed?

London is an international city with a diverse workforce. In the last 20 years, the number of jobs in London have increased by 40%, while the number of people living in London has increased by 25%. The city is growing, but new policies must be introduced to ensure Londoners live in a safer and healthier city, as well as to create sustainable and inclusive growth for all.

In this event we will be asking, what policies can local government offer to help Londoners thrive in a successful, modern, city? Are there new and innovative forms of governance that could improve city management and the delivery of services? How can local authorities unlock productivity and offer resident-focused solutions?

A big part of the challenge is to create effective transport systems and links that open-up new opportunities, unlocking growth in underdeveloped parts of the city. What role can local authorities play in ensuring transport works for everyone? And if Crossrail 2 is to be approved, what impact would this have on the capital and its development? What more forward-looking transport projects should be put into the pipeline?

We will also discuss the fact that the housing crisis is more pronounced in London than anywhere else in the country. While house prices in London are beginning to fall, the average house price in London is still £481,556 (compared to UK average of £238,000). Furthermore, average private rent is £1,560 per month (compared to a UK average of £749 per month). This can have a negative influence in the future sustainability of the city and mainly affects Londoners on lower incomes (22% of London workers earn less that the living wage). What can local authorities do to tackle these issues? Do they need more devolved powers, so they can take decisive action to address them?

Finally, a question that is in everyone’s mind: how will Brexit impact skills and jobs in London? How will London access the talent needed in a post-Brexit world? The large number of people stuck in low paid employment, the highest proportion of people in poverty in the UK, and low levels of qualifications (especially English Language and digital skills), add to the pressure of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. What role can local authorities play in delivering innovative education and skills policies, to enable a thriving future for Londoners?

Speakers

  • Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica (Chair)
  • Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader, Westminster City Council
  • Paul Scully MP, Conservatives Vice Chair for London
  • Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive, London First
  • Professor Tony Travers, LSE London

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Room 102, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square.

3.45 - 5.00pm, Monday 1 October


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