London Recovery Board Proposals For Discussion

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MISSION 1: Good work for all Londoners

Unemployment is rising steeply in London with 1.1m jobs at risk. London had 1.07 million furloughed employees and 433,000 on the self-employed equivalent, the highest number amongst all regions in the UK. Some groups of people are especially vulnerable, including young people, BAME, clinically vulnerable, women and the low paid and low skilled. For these groups, the risk is that prolonged unemployment could lead to long term implications for their future earnings, employment prospects, and health and wellbeing. Structural challenges in society predating the COVID-19 crisis remain and need to be addressed, including income inequality. For example, once housing costs have been accounted for, London’s income inequality is almost twice that of the rest of the UK.

Mission: “No Londoner, particularly those disproportionately affected by the pandemic or Brexit, is left without access to education, training or a job opportunity.”

We’ll need to work together so that:
• Short term – all Londoners can access the support they need to gain good jobs
• Medium-term – rising levels of unemployment are reversed over the next two years
• Long term – more working families are lifted out of poverty; the employment gap for vulnerable groups of people is reduced; and there are sufficient childcare places to support women in work


Areas of focus might include:
• Skills and training to support Londoners into new jobs, such as industry training and lifelong learning opportunities
• High-quality advice and support to get Londoners into work, such as support for newly unemployed adults
• Supporting living wage jobs and progression in employment Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?

Moderation points:

  1. What can City Hall, employers or other organisations and communities do to help people back into work? For example:
    • Offer more apprenticeships, improve career offer
    • Increase joint working between JobCentre Plus and local services
    • Broaden the Adult Education Budget to widen access and eligibility, offer pre-employment training, support lifelong learning etc
    • Actions to reduce the employment gap for vulnerable groups including
    women, BAME, disabled people.


MISSION 2: A Green New Deal

The UK low carbon, environmental goods and services sector (green economy) is worth £40 billion in sales and employs nearly 250,000 people. It is worth more to the London economy than the construction and manufacturing sectors combined. Putting the environment at the centre of London’s recovery offers an opportunity to reverse the looming economic downturn by bringing new investment to London, helping businesses to
see long-term growth and providing decent, skilled, local jobs. Protecting and investing in the environment will also improve the health of all Londoners. Mission: “Increase the size of London’s green economy by 2030 to accelerate job creation and to drive a fair and inclusive recovery from Covid-19 that tackles the climate emergency, eradicates air pollution and builds long-term, community-led resilience.”

We’ll need to work together so that:
• Short term – there’s a rapid increase in green skills, jobs and investment
• Medium-term – transport, buildings, public realm and lifestyles become green
• Long term – we become a zero-pollution city by 2030 and zero-waste city by 2050 Areas of focus might include:
• Scaling up energy and adaptation programmes to retrofit buildings and accelerate community and renewable energy projects
• Developing safe, connected cycling and walking routes, and support a shift away from cars to public transport
• Funding communities to increase green spaces and support low carbon and circular economy businesses

Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?

MISSION 3: Digital access for all

When the lockdown was introduced in March many Londoners had to move their work, learning, recreation, shopping and support services online. Many people don’t have a quiet space at home to work or lack the devices, skills and digital connectivity to get online. It is forecast that in the next 20 years, 90% of all jobs will require some form of digital knowledge. However, 18% of Londoners lack one or more basic digital skills and large
areas of London currently don’t have full-fibre connections to homes.
Mission: “Every Londoner to have access to connectivity, basic digital skills and digital employment opportunities and support by 2025.”

We’ll need to work together to:
• Short term – develop a detailed picture of digital exclusion and to identify people in need of devices, skills and connectivity
• Medium-term – increase digital skills through training and fill gaps in 4G and 5G provision
• Long term – support Londoners to develop the skills to enter the tech sector and improve digital leadership

Areas of focus might include:
• Improving full-fibre coverage
• Preparing for 5G
• Providing training and skills to support Londoners’ access to online services and tech jobs

Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?

Moderation prompts:

What can City Hall, boroughs, employers or other organisations and communities do to help people with digital access? For example:
• Pilot new models of coordination between GLA, councils, industry,
community and voluntary sector and adult education providers
• Strengthen digital leadership networks

MISSION 4: 15-minute cities – the city on your doorstep

London has more than 600 high streets and 90% of Londoners live within 10 minutes of their high streets. Even before the pandemic, some of our high streets faced several challenges including changes in consumer demands and work patterns, and dwindling local authority resources which resulted in increased shop vacancies and impacts on attractiveness and investment. Lockdown has highlighted the need for local neighbourhoods with a diverse range of local businesses and services, as well as increased space for pedestrians. There is an opportunity for us to rethink the way we live and move around the city. The 15-minute city concept invites us to imagine thriving local areas with easily accessible jobs and services; better street space and active travel; and greener more resilient communities.

Mission: “Thriving, inclusive and resilient high streets and town centres in every London borough with culture, diverse retail and jobs within walking distance of all Londoners.”

We’ll need to work together to:
• Short term – enhance high streets including urban greening and cycling
infrastructure, and new local civic and cultural infrastructure
• Medium-term – business rates reform to enable high streets and town centres to thrive
• Long term – in every London borough residents’ daily needs are met within a short walk or cycle ride

Areas of focus might include:
• Road reallocations to support a shift to walking and cycling
• Piloting high street innovation zones including culture hubs and night-time enterprise zones

Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?


Moderation prompts:

What does your ideal high street look like, what kind of essential or non-essential shops/services are currently missing and would have been helpful to have nearby?

What does a thriving high street mean to you?

What can City Hall, boroughs, employers or other organisations and communities do to help improve local high streets?


MISSION 5: A strong civil society

During the pandemic, community groups, volunteers and civil society organisations (such as not-for-profits) have played a crucial role in supporting Londoners’ wellbeing, tackling inequalities and enhancing the city’s resilience. There are 120,000 voluntary sector organisations in London. Over 90,000 volunteers from London registered to volunteer via
the NHS volunteering scheme and by the end of March 2020, 700 new mutual aid groups had been set up.
Mission: “All Londoners can play an active role in their communities; making London a more equal and inclusive city post-COVID-19.”

We’ll need to work together, so that:
• All communities, particularly the most disadvantaged with the greatest health inequalities, can access support and services
• London’s civil society is strong and resilient to future shocks
• Public service partnerships proactively include the voice of all Londoners in future planning

Areas of focus might include:
• Increased opportunities for Londoners to build social connections
• Increase in funding for community-led activity
• Focus on services by and for communities facing the greatest health inequalities

Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?


Moderation prompts:

Have you volunteered or accessed a voluntary organisation during the pandemic?

What would have made it easier, if anything at all?

What can City Hall, the boroughs, employers or other organisations and communities do to help people take an active role in their communities?

MISSION 6: A robust safety net

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, London suffered from unacceptably high and rising levels of poverty. More than a quarter of Londoners, some 2.5 million people, were living in poverty – higher than any region in the UK. Poverty can have negative impacts throughout a person’s life, including lower life expectancy, poor mental health, and lower educational attainment. Efforts to secure London’s recovery must tackle the pre-existing issues of inequality and poverty as well as the disadvantages highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Mission: “A robust safety net, a good standard of living and the tools to thrive.”
To do this we’ll need to work together, so that:
• The number of Londoners in poverty, destitution or homelessness are minimised and reversed
• Londoners’ disposable incomes are maximised, and housing, energy, travel, childcare, and food costs reduced
• Londoners able to access the right financial support and tools to develop personal resilience; improved trust and confidence in public services
• There is no return to rough sleeping

Areas of focus might include:
• Increasing Londoners’ understanding of rights and entitlements
• Joint lobbying on national welfare benefits, embedding positive reforms made during the pandemic
• Developing innovative local partnership approaches to hardship support
• Managing debt, financial and employment advice

Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?


Moderation prompts:

What can City Hall, boroughs, employers or other organisations and communities do to help people who are out of work or who are in work that doesn’t pay a great deal to have a good standard of living?

Have you or anyone you know had to access any welfare support during the COVID-19 crisis? What has been your experience of the system?

Have you or anyone you know been on brink of needing welfare because of the pandemic? If so, what kind of support? Do you or they know how to access support (e.g. public sector; voluntary sector)?

Mission 7: Better health and wellbeing for Londoners most affected by the pandemic

Mission: “Better health and wellbeing for Londoners most affected by the pandemic.”
The pandemic has had a profound impact on Londoners’ health and wellbeing.  It has created new challenges and worsened existing inequalities, with some communities affected more than others.
London’s recovery must include focused action not just to address the direct impact of the pandemic, but to ensure that, in the longer-term, those groups and communities most affected have the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives.

We’ll need to work together so that all young people:
• From the youngest to the oldest Londoners, no one’s health suffers because of who they are, where they live or how they work.
• All of London’s communities have the tools they need to protect their health and have confidence in London’s health and care services
• As we learn more about the pandemic, the best data and information is available to support policy decisions.


Areas of focus might include:
• Increasing support for Londoners’ mental health and wellbeing and ensuring better access to services
• Implementing the recommendations of the PHE ‘Beyond the Data’ report to address the unfair/unequal impact of COVID 19 on London’s BAME communities.
• Taking coordinated action to tackle issues like smoking and obesity, making sure that London becomes a city that supports everyone to be healthier, including those most at risk
• Increasing the positive impact of health and care organisations and systems on their local environment and communities Core Questions
• What do you think of this mission?
• Is there anything critical to London’s recovery missing from this mission?
• What does this mean for you personally and for your community?
• What actions or interventions would have the most impact?
• How will we know that we’ve succeeded?
• Who has a role to play to meet this challenge?

London Recovery Board Proposals For Discussion
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