This report and its recommendations are based on engagement with London’s people, politicians and policymakers throughout the latter part of 2020 and the first half of 2021.
As part of this research, we used a mixed-methods approach to access different types of information from a diverse range of Londoners. We also drew on our learning from Centre for London’s wider programme of work between 2011 and 2021.
For this report, we:
- Commissioned a poll of 1,004 Londoners from Savanta ComRes. Fieldwork was conducted from 6-13 May 2021. Results were weighted to be representative of London’s population.
- Created an online engagement platform, Your Future London, which invited people to weigh up different scenarios for the future of their city. We promoted the platform ourselves and also asked people in our network to promote it. The platform was active in the first half of 2021 and received over 1,000 responses. Half of respondents identified as female and one-third as BAME. Around one in seven were under 25 and a further three in seven were aged 25 to 34. Users were more likely to come from inner London than outer London: the top five boroughs were Lambeth, Hackney, Islington, Southwark and Wandsworth. This is likely to reflect the places in which we were most successful in promoting the platform.
- Held five roundtables with experts, academics and policymakers on health, housing, equality and fairness, power and democracy, and London’s place in the world. All roundtables took place online in early 2021 and were held under the Chatham House rule.
- Created an offline engagement pack for people to use, with responses fed back through an online form. This was not used as much as expected due to the COVID-19 lockdown in early 2021.