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  • A detailed study of unemployment in London

    This is a report by Volterra for London Councils looking at unemployment in London.

    It seeks 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?”

    Forecasts for two time periods - to April 2021 and to September 2022 - are produced. There are three underlying scenarios - a worst case, core and best case. The underlying assumptions vary including: extent of recession (GDP/unemployment growth), speed to peak, what happens after furlough ends, and speed of recovery.

  • Survey of boroughs' employment services

    In December 2020, London Councils surveyed boroughs about their employment and skills services.

    This survey shows that the majority (88%) of London boroughs continue to be offering an employment support service in 2020. Over half (54%) deliver this service in-house and 15 per cent commission it. The remaining boroughs offer a combination of in-house and commissioned services or signpost to local provision.

  • Open for Business 2019

    This report is a short review of current borough activity around engaging and supporting their local businesses.  The report looks at the ways boroughs consult and understand their businesses needs, as well as the forms of business support provided.  It also considers work around promoting inclusive growth for local communities.

  • 2018 London Business 1000 (year 2)

    London's local business survey

  • The Work and Health Programme in London

    Since recovering from the last recession, London’s economy has created many jobs and this is expected to continue at a rate of around 45,000 jobs each year.

  • London Business 1000

    London's local business survey

  • Co-commissioning Flexible Support Fund

    A range of work carried out by London government, including most prominently the London Growth Deal submission, has started to set out its offer to create a step change in reducing entrenched worklessness and broader dependency on public services through greater local design, leadership and integration of employment support services. One of the features of the Growth Deal was for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and groups of London boroughs to work collectively to maximise the impact of the Flexible Support Fund through greater local involvement, identifying common investment priorit

  • Building on success - report (2015)

    'Building on Success - London's Town Centres' sets out a series of recommendations that would enable and incentivise local authorities to take leadership over the economies and placemaking of their town centres. 

    London Councils believes that a variety of solutions are needed to continue the growth and success of London's town centres and that more powers should be given to local government to design interventions that respond to local opportunities and challenges as they arise.

  • Relationships with Job Centre Plus

    A lot of work has gone into developing borough and Jobcentre Plus (JCP) relationships which has resulted in some mature and effective partnerships. However, not all have reached that state and against a backdrop of up-coming challenges, such as the expansion of Universal Credit and a further reduction to the benefit cap, some relationships will need to develop further.

  • Devolving employment support

    London Councils is proposing devolution and reform of London’s public services. 

  • Streets Ahead? Putting high streets at the heart of local economic growth

    London’s 200 high streets are vital for local economic growth, but face a number of challenges. This report provides 13 recommendations to place boroughs at the centre of local economic development in their high streets and town centres.

  • Employment support for Londoners affected by the benefit cap

    During 2013, the government will set a cap on the total amount of benefits that each household in England can receive