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Centre for London report on the future of the West End


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:58:31
The report and recommendations can be seen here.


Replacement London Plan - preparation and worshops


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:47:13
London Forum's members have been informed by an e-bulletin about the consultation and reviews that are taking place to inform the preparation of a replacement London Plan.
Sadiq Khan's summary of aims and intentions in a document 'A City for All Londoners' is here.  London Forum's members are urged to comment on the content of the document by 11th December by emailing yourviews@london.gov.uk 


London Finance Commission reconvened by Sadiq Khan


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:40:38
The purpose, terms of reference and membership of the London Finance Commission are here.  There should be a report of its findings shortly.


Housing policy of the new Government


Posted on: 22 October 2016 at 18:07:00
There have been talks and announcements recently on housing.  See Barwell on building homes for rentHCA appoints agent for Starter Homes and Government reviews pledge to transform 100 housing estates.
The chair of the CLG Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, has written to the DCLG Secretary of State Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP on the potential impact of the 1% pa cut in rents on supported housing.


Historic England guidance: Listed Building enforcement


Posted on: 2 October 2016 at 22:45:35
There is a publication 'Stop the Rot' by Historic England explaining what can be done to save local heritage buildings.


London Councils - school shortfall and apprenticeships


Posted on: 30 September 2016 at 13:10:29
London Councils, which represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London, has published a report 'Do the Maths' identifying the need for more schools and the funding that will be required up to 2022.
Details are here.
London Councils has criticised the Government's apprenticeship plans, calling them unrealistic. See here.


Mayor's plans for new homes


Posted on: 24 September 2016 at 23:25:22
Sadiq Khan has launched a policy to provide homes at a 'London Living Rent' for those on low incomes.
The Mayor has set up a 'Homes for London' unit with a team to assist in viability assessments.
However, a recent press report indicates that the Mayor may not have secured social rented homes in a new Barking Riverside development.


Assembly Transport Committee question Val Shawcross


Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:54:06
A very interesting transcript is here of the Assembly discussions on 13th July 2016 with the new Deputy Mayor for Transport.  It covers subjects that will be taken into account by Transport for London for their future projects and policies and for the Mayor's Transport Strategy.  The document can be word searched for topics.  The Assembly raised points on road tunnels, noise from Night Tube trains, pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and many other subjects that TfL will be considering for their business plan.


Lobbying and campaigning by charities


Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:44:46
A briefing report on this subject has been published by the House of Lords library.
There is also a Government consultation on official warnings to charities and trustees with a closing date of 23rd September 2016.


LB Wandsworth achieves a good library service


Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:28:44
A report by Wandsworth Council shows considerable achievement in library management and development.
See also the summary here.
It is hoped that other boroughs will be able to make similar improvements in libraries.

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