Future of London July 2016 Update
Future of London


July update – More than Brexit

Hello all –
 
FoL’s last update feels like it was released into a different world. We now have a new government, a new EU relationship in the works and new economic realities, at least in the short term.
 
Still, London’s underlying drivers and strengths are unchanged, as you’ll see in the summary of our Brexit event below. There will be turmoil, but this is also an opportunity to push for more devolution, rethink potentially damaging housing and planning policies, and safeguard investment in long-term projects and priority infrastructure.
 
As one speaker put it, this is also the time for the public sector to move confidently – in partnership with private sector for the skills and investment it brings, but leading rather than waiting to react. From the ‘Proposals for London’ offered by our newest Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus graduates, the will and imagination are there. **Leaders Plus nominations are now closing! Email Sabrina if interested.
 
It also turns out that our 23 June conference on ‘Doing More with Less’ was especially fitting, even if some of the parameters have changed. A full summary will be out soon, but for now, presentations are here.
 
This is the time for London to unite as a region – collaborating with public, private, community, third sector and academic stakeholders to deliver homes, jobs and growth, and stay sane in the process. Our ongoing programmes (below) are doing just that and we encourage you to take part.
 
That’s also the thinking behind our 24 August all-network meet-up – filling fast! – so join us to learn about FoL’s evolving direction and how we can help you, and to enjoy a great view with friends and colleagues.
 
See you out there!
 
Lisa Taylor
Director

Programme Highlights

Brexit Briefing

Managing London's Exposure to Climate Change
Our 15 July Brexit briefing, hosted by Arup, shared insight from leaders in our cross-sector network on uncertainties and opportunities for housing, infrastructure, economic growth and the public sector, with the aim of understanding how London should move forward following Brexit. For more detail, download the summary notes from our website.

Doing More With Less

Managing London's Exposure to Climate Change
London’s public sector faces increasingly complex challenges in funding and delivering services. Our 23 June conference, sponsored by Countryside Properties and Bilfinger GVA, considered how public-sector entities can think and act more commercially. Presentation slides are here, and watch for the full summary in August.

Workspace that Works

Camden Workspace
At our 13 June Workspace Workshop, supported by PTE and LB Haringey, public-sector practitioners involved in workspace provision discussed how to support small businesses and local economic development. Read the list of best practices here. A summary of our May field trip to Camden is also available on our website.

Reframing Resilience in London

BIDs event
As a result of climate change, London is facing more frequent flooding, extreme heat events, and water stress. On 13 July, Future of London and Arup brought together professionals from local authorities, developers, housing associations and engineering to consider the benefits of taking action to improve London's resilience. Read the summary here.

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London

Build to Rent
Build to Rent development is gathering momentum in London. Our 8 June roundtable investigated the opportunities and challenges this tenure presents for local authorities. At our next event on 17 August, we'll visit Build to Rent schemes in Barking & Dagenham. Email us to register interest in this event. Highlights of our June field trip to Ealing are here.

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