Scene setting: Looking forward to the general election 2015
With one in eight voters living in London, the capital will play an important role in next year’s election. But which issues are worrying voters? What do we know about the parties’ manifestos for London? And how will the election campaigns play out?
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in conversation with Ben Rogers, Director of Centre for London. What are the big issues for London during this next electoral term and beyond? What new powers should London be seeking and how can they be secured?
Can a world city be a fair city? Opportunity and inequality in London
London is on many counts one of the world’s most successful cities – the powerhouse of the UK economy, Europe’s economic capital and one of the top two or three cities worldwide. Yet many worry that the capital is growing unequal, with an ever widening gulf opening up between the global super-rich at one extreme and growing number of squeezed low and even middle income residents on the other. What is happening to inequality and opportunity in London? What is driving these developments? What about them, if anything, should concern us? What will the changing shape of London’s economy and new technology mean for inequality, life chances and wellbeing in the capital? What can politicians and policy makers realistically do to help London’s low to middle income earners?
Thinking Big. How do we create a city that works for 10 million Londoners?
London is expected to grow by another million over the next decade and by as much as a further million the decade after. But we are not building nearly fast enough to accommodate this growth. What are the costs if we fail to build enough homes? Do we need to rethink current planning and housing policy? Are the current systems of property tax and housing benefits working for London?
An old world city in the age of cities. What does London have to offer?
London’s standing has hardly ever been higher abroad – or lower in the UK. How has London’s place in the UK, Europe and the world changed? How can we better capitalize on London’s position as a leading global city in the age of cities? What should a new government be looking for from London? How can London make the fullest contribution to the UK and beyond?
Over the last two decades Freiburg has re-invented itself as one of the most liveable and successful cities in Europe. Professor Sir Peter Hall described Wulf Daseking, Freiburg’s chief planner, as ‘one of the greatest town planners of the last 100 years’. Wulf gives a short presentation on the growth and re-invention of Freiburg.
London has joined other English cities in calling for more power from central to city government. But how far should devolution go? What extra powers do London and other cities need and how has this changed in the light of the Scottish referendum? What could more powers to London mean for other UK cities? Where do the different political parties stand on devolution?