Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Mayor of London launches research into London’s future

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Mayor of London launches research into London’s future

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the commission of a new piece of research into the future challenges and opportunities facing central London and the Canary Wharf area. As both areas have suffered a ‘rapid reduction’ in footfall since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Khan seeks to understand the emerging trends likely to affect the economy, with the work being labelled ‘absolutely critical’ to planning for future challenges. Khan hopes that the research will help City Hall understand the potential policy solutions to help the centre of London evolve and adapt to potential shifts and transitions.

In addition, the Mayor has announced eight ‘missions’ designed to tackle economic and social issues head-on, as agreed by the London Recovery Board members. The missions include:

• A Green New Deal—tackle the climate and ecological emergencies and improve air quality by doubling the size of London’s green economy by 2030 to accelerate job creation for all

• A Robust Safety Net—by 2025, every Londoner is able to access the support they need to prevent financial hardship

• High Streets for All—deliver enhanced public spaces and exciting new uses for underused high street buildings in every Borough by 2025

• A New Deal for Young People—by 2024 all young people in need are entitled to a personal mentor and all young Londoners have access to quality local youth activities

• Helping Londoners into Good Work—support Londoners into good jobs with a focus on sectors key to London’s recovery

• Mental Health & Wellbeing—by 2025, London will have 250,000 wellbeing ambassadors, supporting Londoners where they live, work and play

• Digital Access for All—every Londoner to have access to good connectivity, basic digital skills and the device or support they need to be online by 2025

• Healthy Food, Healthy Weight—by 2025, every Londoner lives in a healthy food neighbourhood

Source: Mayor to commission major new research into future of central London

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