Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

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In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: Expert insight on monster programmes

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What does it take to successfully deliver a complex, long-term housing or regeneration programme, and live to tell the tale? To give Housing Zones teams insight into managing some of London’s big multi-year beasts, Future of London is bringing together a senior cross-sector panel on 26th November, as the first session in the Housing Zones Network … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington site visit


The Packington Estate, in the east of LB Islington, is around half way through an eight-year, six-phase redevelopment programme. As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we visited the estate on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council … [Read more...]

Stresses and Shocks – Helping London’s public sector respond to climate risk

Future of London, University College London and Arup will hold a senior roundtable on 12th November, on assessing and improving the London public sector response to growing environmental risk – both chronic or everyday stresses and severe or one-time shocks. The session will bring together key stakeholders to analyse how London’s public sector … [Read more...]

Chrisp Street market key to regeneration in Poplar


Chrisp Street market in Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) is a long-running food and convenience goods market which is being used to anchor regeneration plans in the wider area. On 24th September, we visited the area as part of our Communities in Transition series, to see how the market is being used to deliver regeneration programmes and hear about how … [Read more...]

Evaluating PRS licensing schemes workshop

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As reliance on the private rented sector to house London’s communities increases, and given the well-known issues of condition and management in parts of the sector, it is unsurprising that a growing number of boroughs are looking to licensing schemes to address these challenges. Our workshop on 16th September invited boroughs to discuss PRS … [Read more...]

Exploring the potential of London’s Business Improvement Districts


The London Enterprise Panel and the Greater London Authority have commissioned Future of London and Rocket Science to undertake a research project on London’s Business Improvement Districts. As the Capital approaches the Mayor’s target of 50 BIDs by 2016, this project will take stock of achievements to date, assess the current state of BIDs in … [Read more...]

Leaders Plus Round 3 launch & field trip


On Sept 30th, the third round of Leaders Plus got underway, with a new case study and ramped-up expectations for the programme - and the new candidates. The launch was kicked off by Maggie Rafalowicz of Leaders Plus supporter Campbell Tickell, followed by a course overview from FoL director Lisa Taylor and a thought-provoking exercise on learning … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders Round 11 launches


On Sept 23rd, Future London Leaders welcomed its 11th cohort of promising candidates from across the London public sector. The straight-to-business induction included a course overview from FoL director Lisa Taylor, followed by a mini-workshop with Urbancanda’s Miffa Salter and Andrena Cumella, who got the group up, thinking and talking, setting … [Read more...]