Local trusts: helping them help Londoners

Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.

London’s councils can learn from each other on tackling the housing crisis

Kings Crescent, Hackney (courtesy of Hackney Council)

A lack of skills and experience in delivering homes is holding some London councils back. Future of London aims to tackle that issue, as Deputy Chief Executive Nicola Mathers explains (as first appeared on Inside Housing, 20 October 2018) This week Future of London launched its new Council-Led Housing Forum, a three-year programme of events … Read more

Smarter Cities: Housing

smarter cities housing panellists

There’s no shortage of Smart Home devices out there, from voice assistants to smart meters and system controls for heating, lighting and security. So far, these tend to be marketed to consumers and installed ad hoc; at FoL’s 8 February workshop, we explored the potential for smart housing at scale … Read more

Smarter Cities: Housing workshop

Smarter Cities: London social media usage. Image courtesy of Eric Fischer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/)

  Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us … Read more