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Draft London Plan consultation | LSE London response

Overview   The official document version of this response can be accessed and downloaded here. We welcome the emphasis on ‘good growth’ (implying making and pursuing qualitative choices) rather than either maximising growth, or treating it as inevitable/outside the purview of London planners and government. However, there is little in chapter 1 which clarifies the factors seen as contributing to good growth, and how policies in the draft Plan can thereby be… Read More

A poor tax – Council tax in London: Time for reform

Is council tax ‘too difficult to touch’ when it comes to reform? Perhaps the conversation carries with it much political baggage, hence its avoidance in political circuits, but a recent interim report argues this conversation is a critical one to have. The report, entitled A poor tax – Council tax in London: time for reform, was published by the Institute for Public Policy Research and authored by Luke Murphy, Charlotte Snelling, and… Read More

London 2030 and Beyond, a report by the King’s Commission on London, chaired by Tony Travers

On 18 March 2018, the Policy Institute at King’s College launched a report entitled, London 2030 and Beyond. The report was compiled by the King’s Commission on London which examined two under reviewed issues that are central to London’s civic life – namely: health and skills (further education and training). The Commission was jointly chaired by Director of LSE London Tony Travers, and Lord (Andrew) Adonis, Visiting Professor at King’s College London and… Read More

Planning for a Growing London – Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London, gave a presentation on London’s transport strategy. Click here to download PPT presentation. Williams reminded the audience about the role of TfL and the responsibilities of this organisation, which has been around since 2000. Since its implementation, TfL has been an important stakeholder in London’s growth. Indeed, the organisation has expanded its network with several transport modes such as DLR, Santander… Read More

March in review – housing news so far, UK & London specific

LSE London News: Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. The future of social housing provider, a presentation by Kath Scanlon Kath Scanlon presented… Read More

London’s housing challenge – Eloise Shepherd, London Councils | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils gave a presentation on housing in London. Shepherd began her talk by noting that there has been a steady resurgence in the private rented sector (PRS) in London with PRS stock up by 50% in some boroughs. The increasing cost of housing overall alongside a diminishing stock of socially rented housing has led to problems with affordability with rents… Read More

LSE Festival 2018 | The Giants of 2020 (podcast featuring Kath Scanlon discussing housing and urbanisation)

Speaker(s): Dr Adura Banke-Thomas, Dr Tania Burchardt, Tammy Campbell, Kathleen Scanlon, Dr Jamie Woodcock Chair: Minouche Shafik, Rebecca Elliott Recorded on 24 February 2018 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building What are the key challenges of welfare states of the future? In a world of limited resources, what should our priority be? To close the LSE Festival, we will pit Beveridge’s “five giants” (reimagined as the giant issues of housing and… Read More

The future of social housing provider, a presentation by Kath Scanlon

On 7 February 2018, Kath Scanlon presented the findings from our report, entitled The Future of Social Housing, for Flagship Housing Association. The event was hosted by Switchee, a company that provides a ‘smart thermostat designed to help affordable housing providers fight fuel property’. The event was geared towards a group of industry thought leaders. In her presentation, Kath discussed the contemporary context under this these considerations are being made. These include… Read More

Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. Click here to download the PPT presentation. London is over six times bigger than the next biggest city Birmingham. While different indicators suggest greater and lesser differences… Read More

LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 | Gearty Grillings | Christine Whitehead on squalor / housing

In 1942 former LSE Director William Beveridge launched his blueprint for a British universal care system, ‘from the cradle to the grave’. Some 75 years on, LSE offers a week-long festival of public events, starting on February 19, exploring today’s “Five Giants”: the challenges of poverty; health and social care; education and skills; housing and urbanisation; and the future of work. For further information please see: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/LSE-Festival In this episode, LSE’s Christine… Read More