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First details of new City Hall team tasked with speeding up housebuilding

Media centreNews Housing was the central issue of the Mayoral election and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has made it clear that building more homes, particularly affordable homes, is his top priority. During his election campaign, the Mayor proposed setting up

August 24, 2016 0 comments

London’s 24 hour economy could be worth nearly £30bn annually by 2030

Media centreNews London’s 24 hour economy could be worth nearly £30bn to the capital each year by the start of 2030, a new report launched by London First and EY reveals. It is currently worth up to £26.3bn annually, around 8% of

August 11, 2016 0 comments

RMT must cancel its self-indulgent and self-harming Southern Rail strike

Media centreNews The RMT union has proposed a five-day rail strike this week on Southern Rail’s services in a dispute over whether or not modern train doors can safely be closed automatically by the driver. London First’s infrastructure director, David Leam, was writing about

August 3, 2016 0 comments

Wayleave to speed up Superfast broadband in the City

Media centreNews A new standardised legal document which will speed up the process for businesses to get superfast broadband has been published by the City of London Corporation. The Corporation has been working with London’s main developers, landlords, broadband operators, property managers,

August 2, 2016 0 comments

London City Airport expansion approved

Media centreNews The government has approved the expansion of London City Airport, a decision London First has pushed for over the last few years. We previously expressed our anger at the Mayor’s decision to refuse permission for expansion in March last year,

July 28, 2016 0 comments

Can employers help tackle the housing crisis?

Media centreNews Fifty Thousand Homes, a business-led campaign to double housebuilding in London to at least 50,000 homes a year by the end of the next Mayoralty in 2020, has launched a new report, London employers and assistance to employees with housing.

July 20, 2016 0 comments

New Cabinet and what it means for London

Media centreNews In a momentously fast-paced week in British politics, we have unexpectedly found ourselves with not just a new Prime Minister, but a brand new Cabinet. London First is busy mapping the new teams, and reflecting on what their previous experience

July 15, 2016 0 comments
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