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  • Green Jobs and Skills in London

    This briefing alerts members to the main findings in the recent report on Green Jobs and Skills in London, published by WPI Economics and the Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of London’s four Sub-Regional Partnerships. The research considers the potential scale and nature of green jobs in London and their skills implications at present and in the coming decades.

  • Business 1000 (Year 5) London’s Local Business Survey

    This briefing alerts members to the main findings and policy implications of the fifth annual survey of businesses by London Councils and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  • Pledges for Business

    Developed by London Councils working with boroughs and businesses, the Pledges for Business set out how boroughs can better support their local economy, looking across boroughs’ business facing activities, including business support, licencing, business rates and planning. The Pledges have been agreed with borough Leaders. This briefing gives an overview and summary of key points in the Pledges.

  • Apprenticeship Data Collection 2021

    In April 2021, London Councils collected data on apprenticeships in London boroughs during the 2020/21 financial year. Data was collected on apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship completions, progression from apprenticeships and apprenticeship levy spend. This member briefing presents and analyses the data collected.

    Background

    Every year London Councils collects data from all London boroughs on:

  • Forecasting the Impact of Covid-19 on London’s Unemployment Rates

    London’s employment levels have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why London Councils commissioned the economic consultancy Volterra to answer the question: “What will unemployment in London look like in the future and how will this differ among different sub-groups of London residents?” This briefing summarises the research findings.

  • Apprenticeship Pay and Levy Survey

    Overview

    In October 2020, London Councils surveyed London’s boroughs on apprenticeship pay and levy spend. We received a 100 per cent response rate to both surveys. The pay survey shows that apprenticeship pay levels have risen year-on-year since we first surveyed boroughs in 2016 and the majority of boroughs now pay the London Living Wage to all apprentices. The levy survey shows that boroughs have doubled their spending of the apprenticeship levy from last year’s survey, but there are still barriers in the system preventing them from making full use of the levy.

  • Apprenticeship Pay and Levy Survey

    Overview

    In October 2020, London Councils surveyed London’s boroughs on apprenticeship pay and levy spend. We received a 100 per cent response rate to both surveys. The pay survey shows that apprenticeship pay levels have risen year-on-year since we first surveyed boroughs in 2016 and the majority of boroughs now pay the London Living Wage to all apprentices. The levy survey shows that boroughs have doubled their spending of the apprenticeship levy from last year’s survey, but there are still barriers in the system preventing them from making full use of the levy.

  • Borough Business Profiles

    This briefing alerts members to some of the key findings from recent research into London’s business base, which is being used to help inform borough’s local economic strategies.

  • London Councils’ Pledges to Business

    This briefing sets out the content of the Pledges and how London Councils will work with boroughs to support them in meeting the Pledges.

  • Business 1000 Survey Results 2019

    The third annual survey of 1,000 London businesses supports London Councils’ campaign for further devolution to London government

  • Skills for Londoners: A Call for Action

    London Councils and the Mayor of London have come together to call on central government to agree a new, ambitious devolution and funding deal on skills and employment

  • Business Rates

    The House of Commons Treasury Select Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the impact of business rates on business. London Councils has developed a joint submission between London government and business groups. Our submission makes the case that London’s businesses have been disproportionally hit by raises in business rates and that London government needs greater direct control over the system.

  • Cultural Cities Enquiry: Enriching UK Cities through Smart Investment in Culture

    The final report by Cultural Cities Enquiry considers how investment in culture can be used to best effect and considers alternative models for channelling resources into culture.

  • Tackling Labour Market Disadvantage in London

    Read London Councils’ latest report ‘Better Ways to Work: Tackling labour market disadvantage in London’, and our recommendations

  • Mayor's Economic Development Strategy

    This briefing updates members on the content and rationale of the Mayor's economic development strategy, designed to ensure 'good growth' in the capital

  • Improving apprenticeship delivery in London: a submission by London local government and business

    Updates members on London Councils’ recent lobbying activity in relation to the Apprenticeship Levy. 

  • The Local Industrial Strategy and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

    This briefing updates members on proposals to develop a local industrial strategy for London and the related issue of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

  • Apprenticeship Delivery by London Boroughs 2017-18 and Recent Reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy

    This briefing provides an update on the delivery of apprenticeships by London boroughs in 2017-18 following an annual data collection exercise.

  • Business 1000 Survey Results

    London Councils and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) commissioned ComRes to undertake a survey of a thousand businesses across London between April and June 2018. This is the second year that this survey has been completed. This year, the survey focused on the training and recruitment challenges facing London businesses and finds that the current skills system is not providing what businesses need.

  • High Streets and Town Centres in 2030

    The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the future of high streets and town centres in 2030

  • Skills and Adult Education Strategy for London

    This briefing provides an overview of the Mayor’s plan for the post-16 technical and vocational education and skills system in London.

  • London Councils’ response to the Mayor’s Draft Culture Strategy

    This briefing summarises London Councils’ response to the Mayor of London’s draft Culture Strategy. The Mayor’s vision, entitled ‘Culture for all Londoners’, aims to sustain a city that works for everyone where all Londoners have access to an inclusive arts and culture offer. Our response to the consultation emphasises the role of boroughs in achieving the strategy’s aims.

  • Skills in London

    This is a crucial time for skills in London, as a government policy has undergone transformation in areas such as apprenticeships

  • Economic development and regeneration in London

    This briefing summarises the challenges faced by London in maintaining steady economic growth

  • Employment and Labour Market Disadvantage in London

    Last year unemployment rates in the capital were among the lowest they’ve been in nearly three decades. This briefing summarises the challenges and opportunities of London’s labour market.

  • Our Response to the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy

    This briefing provides an overview of London Councils’ response to the Mayor’s draft Strategy and outlines some of the next steps

  • Department for Education Careers Strategy

    On 4 December 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) launched its ‘Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’

  • Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability

    The Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability paper published on 30 November 2017 is a response to the Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

  • The Mayor’s Draft Economic Development Strategy for London

    The Mayor of London’s draft Economic Development Strategy aims to establish a fairer, more inclusive economy in the capital that creates and supports growth across all London’s sectors. Should boroughs wish to respond directly to the draft strategy, the consultation is open until 13 March 2018.

  • Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain Fit for the Future

    The Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper aims to help build growth into the UK’s economy as it leaves the European Union.

  • The Mayor’s Draft Skills and Adult Education Strategy

    On 24 November, the Mayor published his draft skills and adult education strategy for London. This briefing sets out the main elements of the strategy and the implications for London boroughs.

  • Update on apprenticeship activities in London

    This briefing provides an update on recent activity on apprenticeships

  • 2017 London Business 1000 Survey

    London Councils and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) commissioned ComRes to undertake a survey of a thousand businesses across London between April and June 2017. The survey asked businesses about recruitment and retention, apprenticeships and training, migration and the main challenges and opportunities they face, including Brexit. This briefing outlines some of the results from the survey and the implications for policy.

  • London Councils’ Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

    The Green Paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ was published in January 2017, and sets out the government’s vision for a UK Industrial Strategy.

  • Small Business Friendly Borough Awards 2017

    The fourth Small Business Friendly Borough Awards, supported by London Councils and the Federation of Small Businesses were held on 30 March 2017. The awards highlight the work of boroughs to support small and micro businesses, and provide an opportunity to learn from good practice. This briefing gives an overview of the winners and of successful small business initiatives being implemented in London.

  • London Work and Health Programme

    As part of the London Work and Health Programme, launching in Spring 2018, London’s four sub-regions will receive funding worth up to £135 million over five years to support 50-55,000 long term unemployed, disabled people and people with health conditions to seek employment. This briefing summarises how the programme will deliver a more coordinated approach between employment support and wider public services.

  • Building an Industrial Strategy for London?

    The government’s Green Paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ aims to establish a coherent framework for a UK industrial strategy across all sectors in response to the challenges and opportunities created by Brexit.

  • Libraries Deliver: the Final Report of the Libraries Taskforce

    The briefing outlines a series of measures to provide support, guidance, funding and policy changes to support libraries.

  • Tackling Wayleaves: Speeding up Business Digital Connections

    London may be the capital of the UK but the city still suffers from poor digital connectivity in some areas

     

     

  • Reforming London’s Skills Systems: Lessons from around the World

    This briefing provides an overview of analysis carried out on three international models of skills delivery that London can learn from and could replicate as part of this process.

  • Skills: Strategic Review of Adult and Community Learning

    This briefing provides an overview of the government's review of adult and community learning that is taking place alongside the area review of post-16 education.

  • The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts

     

    New research from the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) offers an opportunity for London boroughs to consider their relationship with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). This briefing outlines the research findings and explains why BIDs are likely to continue to become an integral part of the London business landscape and a key partner for London boroughs’ economic development work.

  • The Future of Further Education in London

    This briefing provides an update on the London Area Review following an earlier Member briefing in November 2015.

  • Skills London 2015

    Skills London is the capital’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people. It took place at the ExCel Exhibition Centre on 13 and 14 November.

  • Business Rates Devolution

    This briefing discuss changes announced in October to the way local government will be funded by 2020. 

  • Indices of Deprivation 2015

    This briefing summarises the initial outputs from the Indices, and what this means for London local government.

  • Skills Devolution and Post-16 Area Reviews

    The Mayor and the boroughs are preparing to play a leading role in a series of area reviews of post-16 education and training across London.

  • No Recourse to Public Funds

    Key findings from research to establish the nature and extent of the financial impact on London boroughs of No Recourse to Public Funds

     

  • Culture and Regeneration

    This briefing looks at a range of policy levers and opportunities to secure new cultural provision through regeneration and protect existing cultural infrastructure from new developments.

  • Understanding the Equalities Impact of the Work Programme

    This member briefing considers the equalities implications of the programme in London. 

  • Budget: Welfare Savings

    Analysis of the implications of Summer Budget for London boroughs and a summary of the measures designed to make savings to the welfare bill

  • Developing Strong Working Relationships with Jobcentre Plus

    A review was conducted to increase the level and improve the nature of partnership working between the boroughs and JCP. This briefing outlines the findings of the review.