Our work last year looking at how business worked with local government in other international cities suggested that some, such as New York, benefit from a more powerful public/private agreement on...
Top Campaigns for 2014/15
We’ve identified three priorities for 2014/15 where we think the need for change is most pressing:
A business led economic development plan for London
We’re project managing the creation of an economic development plan for the Mayor and Greater London Authority, working with business, local authorities, the Mayoralty and others via the London Enterprise Panel (LEP). We have appointed consultants to support the process, including conducting a substantial exercise to evaluate and analyse existing data, combined with-in depth consultation with major players on priorities. The output will be a decision framework which will enable those concerned with economic development in London to evaluate the most effective interventions.
A campaign to achieve a step change in housing supply
London needs to be building around 50,000 houses per year and is currently only building about 20,000. We are initiating a campaign setting out the steps needed to achieve this change of scale. In particular, we will lobby ahead of the General Election on changes which the Government can make to help, followed by setting out our expectations ahead of the Mayoral election in 2016.
A manifesto for Cities
We will seek to make common cause with the business community in other English cities about the need for cities to be given more control over the investment they need to make to support their own economic growth. Many cities are experiencing population growth and need the associated investment in infrastructure to support this growth. We believe that the cities themselves are the best placed to evaluate what might be the most effective form of investment and that central government should provide them with more powers to do so.
London needs to be building around 50,000 houses per year and is currently only building about 20,000. We will initiate a campaign setting out the steps needed to achieve this change of scale....
London First will seek to make common cause with the business community in other English cities about the need for cities to be given more control over the investment they need to make to support...