Looking to recovery – a manifesto for London

Ahead of the 2021 mayoral election, this manifesto sets ideas for the next Mayor of London to respond to the city's big challenges.

Our ideas for the next Mayor of London

On 6 May 2021, Londoners will vote for a new Mayor of London and 25 London Assembly Members. The next Mayor will need to take decisive action on London’s economic recovery, as well as transport, housing, and planning policy — and make the case for the city as we emerge from the pandemic.

We’ve set out the big challenges the next Mayor will need to respond to and put forward ideas to help the city and its citizens through recovery.

Key recommendations

  1. Introduce a London-wide road user charging system that charges drivers based on distance travelled, type of vehicle, time of day, congestion levels and availability of alternative travel options.
  2. Make London a world leader in safe and inclusive access to ‘micromobility technologies’ — cycling, ebikes and escooters.
  3. Draw up new strategies on freight and parking.
  4. Publish a Statement of Community Involvement that commits to public engagement in the planning system.
  5. Create a Client Charter to strike a better balance between London’s businesses and self-employed workers.
  6. Create ‘urban enterprise zones’ to enable the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to establish businesses in London’s commercial districts.
  7.  Call on the government to reform property taxes — council tax and stamp duty — and devolve these to London.
  8. Make the positive case for London to the rest of the UK and the government.