We start another week with things changing at pace – not least with the year-long postponement of the Mayoral elections, which was announced at the end of last week.
Many of you have contributed hugely to our thinking on the Manifesto for the next London Mayor, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, as this has come together as a fantastic agenda for London’s future.
Our Manifesto has been published today and shared directly with the candidates, so that they can come back to it after the immediate priority of coronavirus has passed, and reflect on what should come next for London.
I wanted to share with you the six key asks that sit within it, as these will remain pertinent for the capital well into the future for our long-term competitiveness:
Work with Londoners, businesses and central government to agree sustainable ways to deliver the modern infrastructure the city desperately needs;
Implement a comprehensive congestion-tackling plan for London, improving air quality, cutting carbon and removing a major drag on productivity;
Press the Government for the powers and funding to deliver a London Careers and Skills Strategy directed at London’s real needs;
Take steps to build the affordable housing Londoners’ need, including letting local people decide if they want poor-quality land in the Green Belt used for new, affordable homes;
Champion a fair and managed immigration system that keeps our economy at full strength, including a temporary worker route while the economy adjusts; and
Unlock growth right across the country by persuading the Government to give London and the other city-regions more say on how the taxes raised from businesses in their areas are set and spent.
Clearly, this is an unprecedented time for the capital and its businesses but we will continue to bring together our members thoughts – albeit it via more virtual forums – and advocate for their needs as things develop.
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