Recent publications and source material

London Funders reports
London perspectives
(2009) How funders use information to enhance their insights and practice. Three London examples.

Londoners and their health
(2008) Meeting on health and health inequality in London.

What would make London better for young people?
(2008) Meeting of funders at a time of concern about guns, gangs and knife crime.

The elections, the economy, public spending and London
(2010) Presentation by Tony Travers at London Funders' Annual General Meeting 2010.

Useful links
To help with understanding more about the social need in an area, data sets are available from the Office for National Statistics. These can be searched by local authority, ward or postcode.

Focus on London - facts and figures publications
GLA's Intelligence Unit, 2010-11
A series of reports based on wide range of demographic, social and economic data, providing a statistical portrait of some of the key issues facing the capital.
Current reports are:

Lives on the line
Life Expectancy at Birth and Child Poverty as a Tube Map
The Guardian, 2012
Useful resource demonstrating the extremities of life expectancy figures across London and its correlation to child poverty.

London Assembly Constituency Profiles 2012
Gareth Piggott, GLA Intelligence Unit, March 2012
A summary of demographic and related data for each Greater London Assembly constituency. Profiles give an overview of each area by combining data on a range of themes and comparing each constituency with Greater London.  Includes a spreadsheet of charts for most of the indicators and an interactive map. Information is displayed on the basis of most recent data and four years before.
Instant Atlas

London dashboard and datastore
A website that allows quick access to the most up-to-date statistics on all the policy areas covered by the GLA – housing, transport, environment, etc. 

London's Economy Today: A monthly digest of statistics and trends on the London economy with a useful analytical summary. 

This summary report from Homeless Link and Refugee Action gives a useful overview of current issues in Destitution. 

London: The Information Capital
London: The information capital is a new book bringing together 100 maps and graphics aimed at changing how people view the capital.

London’s Poverty Profile 2011
Trust for London, 2011
Website updated quarterly by New Policy Institute. It reports on poverty in London, highlighting rising in-work poverty, the highest unemployment levels for young Londoners for 20 years, and the contribution of housing costs to levels of poverty described as “uniquely appalling”. The website offers summaries, a full report, more detailed statistics, and case studies. 

London’s Poverty Profile 2013
Hannah Aldridge, Sabrina Bushe, Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes, Adam Tinson, (2013)
This New Policy Institute and Trust for London report is an independent study of the extent and depth of poverty and inequality in London. A London Funders event on 4th December will have speakers and discussions based on this report and topic.

Mini-jobs in the London labour market
GLA Intelligence Briefing, 2012
Data analysis on London jobs requiring less than 16 hours per week. GLA Intelligence plans to maintain a watching brief on trends in these often temporary and generally low paid jobs which appear to be increasing in number.

Older people in London
City Bridge Trust and Institute for Public Policy Research website providing demographic information about older people in London and the services they use-a useful resource for organisations working with older people in London on service delivery, advocacy and peer support. People over the age of 75  are the fastest growing age group, have the highest need for services and support, and face the greatest risk of social isolation. There are four related reports:

Dementia care in London by Alice Sachrajda

Home care in London by Laura Bradley

Social isolation among older Londoners by Jonathan Clifton

Older Londoners: Final report by Jonathan Clifton.

2011 mid-year population estimates
GLA Intelligence, 2012
First estimates based on the 2011 Census populations, including population by gender and age group and key findings for London.
External publications
After the riots
A report from NCVO, following a summit convened in late 2011, which brought together people from charities, community groups, young people’s services and government to reflect on the causes of the disturbances and the best ways to respond. The report makes recommendations to government, the sector and the media to lessen the risk of repeat events. 
Trust for London, 2012.
An evaluation of work to tackle racist violence in three areas of London.

Births by parents’ country of birth, 2014
Greater London Authority (November 2015)
The dataset shows that births to mothers born outside the UK account for 58% of births in London, compared to 27% of births in England and Wales. There is a large degree of variation, only 28.3% of births in Havering are to non-UK born mothers compared to a nationwide high of 76.7% in Newham.

Big Squeeze 2013
LVSC, November 2013
This survey is a snapshot of the impact the post-recession economic and policy climate on Londoners and the voluntary and community sector organisations that support them. See the report here.
Call to Action
NHS England (NHSE), October 2013
NHS England (London) has launched a new publication which aims to stimulate a public debate about the unique challenges facing health and care in London.  This builds on NHS England’s national Call to Action document published in July and The London Health Board endorses the call for residents and workers who use the NHS and people who work in health services to contribute to the debate.
Centre for Cities, 2012
Latest annual check of the UK’s cities finds London has ‘bucked the trend’. The report calls on government to invest in those cities that are primed for growth to help speed national economic recovery.
Collaboration in London
Community Link (2013)
This report, produced by Community Links, is based on research for community sector organisation Locality and explores the demand for collaborative working and facilitating the setting up on consortia.
Data on debt in London
GLA Datastore, 2013
Maps from data gathered by Capitalise, CCCS and Citizens Advice combining information on debt advice clients, each broken down by borough and mapping age, ethnicity and other characteristics, for 2010-11 and 2011-12
A deeper democracy
Changing London

Changing London has issued the fourth of its papers outlining its vision for London’s next Mayor. Other London Papers have been about what the next mayor might do. This paper focuses on how they might do these and other things.
Distant Neighbours: Poverty and inequality in Islington
Joe Penny, Faiza Shaheen, Sarah Lyall, October 2013
This report identifies challenges as well as areas for action. Cripplegate Foundation's response, How We Will Respond, details what Cripplegate have taken from the research and their plan of action in response to the findings.
Driving change: leadership, trust and money - lessons from the first year of the Tri-Borough Project 
This report explores a project to share council services across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster.
A fairer London: the 2011 living wage in London
GLA Economics' seventh annual report on the living wage. There are over 3,000 employees working for companies with contracts from the GLA Group  earning the London living wage and many major employers paying it. Yet one in six of London's workers are still paid less than the new LLW rate.
From learning to earning: understanding the school-to-work transition in London
Tess Lanning, IPPR, 2012
GLA-funded report on the pressures on young Londoners looking for employment, with recommendations for national policy based on a combined economic and skills strategy to improve the quality of jobs available to young people and ensure vocational courses support mobility and progression in the labour market.
The Future of London
Bright Blue, September 2016
Bright Blue’s latest essay collection sets out to answer the question of what London will look like in 2050. To remain a thriving and successful city, improving opportunities for all of its citizens, it must be innovative – a step ahead of rival cities in in business, culture, education, governance and more.

The essay collection includes contributions from a number of high-profile decision makers and opinion formers, including the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP (Foreign Secretary), Justine Roberts (Co-Founder, Mumsnet), the Rt Hon Alan Milburn (Chair, Social Mobility Commission), Sir Terry Farrell (Architect), Professor Tony Travers (Director, LSE London), and more.

Guardian article – the future of London
This article by Michael Goldfarb discusses property in the capital and how it has become a ‘global reserve currency for th super elite’ and as such is altering London’s delicate ecology.

Heritage Lottery Fund's work with London boroughs
How HLF’s London Development Team approached work in specific boroughs helping potential applicants develop their project ideas and raising awareness of local heritage to increase the quantity and quality of applications.

Briefing on Heritage Lottery Fund development priority work with Harrow
Briefing on Heritage Lottery Fund development priority work with Kingston

James Gleeson, GLA Housing Unit, 2012
Housing trends in London, from the demand/supply imbalance to consequences for affordability and housing need. See also the London Datastore – Focus on London, which has a wealth of resources including an interactive histogram with a selection of borough data useful for comparison.
Housing: one borough’s experience
Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau has developed an online crowd-sourcing website, mapping the impact of changes in housing benefit.

Impact of the economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London
UCL Institute of Health Equity, 2012
Analysed results of the continuing economic downturn and government welfare cuts on health inequalities in London up to 2016. The full report, and additional information about a set of indicators for use by local authorities in measuring the impact of changes, are available here.

Inequalities and disadvantage in London – Focus on social class
Trust for London, June 2016

In the last of a series of blogs, Polly Vizard, Research Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science, examines patterns in household income, wages and wealth by social class in London, showing the average wealth gap between the least and most advantaged social class is nearly £300,000.

Investing in London: London Councils report on economic development
The pros and cons of various funding options for new infrastructure projects and local economic development, including tax Increment financing, local asset-based vehicles, and local authority bonds.

Living on the edge

London Councils (December 2015)

The number of people living in poverty in London has been increasing for a number of years and an increasing proportion live in outer London. London Councils, together with London TravelWatch and Trust for London recently commissioned research to explore the impact of travel costs on low-paid workers living in outer London. Low-paid workers are being disproportionately affected by rising transport costs, this report finds.

London’s future
London Councils (March 2016)
This report highlights the views of Londoners on the capital's existing and future infrastructure needs. It is based on a poll of 1,000 Londoners. The top priorities were housing, health and education. Other areas include renewable energy, roll-out of high-speed internet connectivity and flood defences.

London advice watch
Trust for London and Legal Action Group, 2012
Report which finds that the majority of Londoners believe that legal advice should be free for everyone earning on or below the national median income of £25,000.

London Borough Profiles
These profiles help to show statistics covering demographic, economic, social and environmental datasets for each borough, alongside relevant comparator areas.

London's business case for employee health and well-being
GLAEconomics, 2012
London has a greater percentage of workless people with health problems than the national picture, with fewer people with disabilities finding work, whilst most Londoners on incapacity benefits have preventable and/or treatable conditions. Recommendations for well designed employee welfare programmes and the benefits to employers as well as workers.

London Councils’ Business Plan 2016/7
London Councils (March 2016)
The plan reflects the need to continue to make the case for greater and faster devolution to unlock the capital’s capacity to drive down costs and deliver more for London and for Londoners.

London’s Economic Outlook: Autumn 2013
GLA Economics, November 2013
GLA Economics’ twenty-third London forecast suggests that:
• London’s Gross Value Added (GVA) growth rate should be 2.2 per cent in 2013. Growth should increase to 2.5 per cent in both 2014 and 2015.
• London is likely to see a reasonable rise in employment in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
• London household income and spending will both probably increase over the forecast period.

London’s Economy Today
GLA Economics (November 2015)
This issue highlights the following:

  • On 2 November the Mayor announced the 2015 London Living Wage of £9.40 per hour. This was up 2.7%, or £0.25 on the 2014 rate.
  • Over the last 11 years the London Living Wage has risen by 40%, faster than each of the National Minimum Wage, 33%, Consumer Prices Index, 28%, and Average Weekly Earnings, 26%.
  • Consumer confidence is positive in London and the UK with the consumer confidence score standing at 10 in October 2015, up from 5 in September 2015, for Greater London.

London’s economic outlook: Autumn 2015 The GLA’s medium-term planning projections
GLA Economics (November 2015)
The forecast suggests that London’s Gross Value Added (GVA) growth rate is forecast to be 3.4% in 2015 with growth moderating to 3.2% in 2016 and 2.7% in 2017. London is forecast to see rises in employment in 2015, 2016 and 2017. London household income and spending are both forecast to increase over the next three years.

London employment figures
Office for National Statistics, 2012
Labour Force Survey statistics released in mid-April showing london and national figures.

London childcare report
Jill Rutter and Ben Evans, Daycare Trust, 2012
In-depth analysis of the growing childcare crisis in London and policy recommendations. Summary here

London public health outcomes framework (PHOF)
London Health Programmes , 2012
Framework for all London local authorities, with local data for indicators included in the national PHOF, starting with high level outcomes – increased healthy life expectancy and reduced differences in life expectancy between communities through greater improvements in more disadvantaged communities - supported by the most recent London information on the 66 public health indicators which will allow tracking and measurement of progress.

The London Report Card
Trust for London (November 2015)
This study shows that families are far from thriving in London, with Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Brent, Waltham Forest, Croydon and Enfield all featuring in the top 10 areas in England that are the least family friendly. The report analyses national and local data across four different categories: financial resources; work/life balance; essential services for families and children; and infrastructure such as housing and childcare.

London Rising: The Case For A London Minimum Wage
Kitty Ussher, November 2013
This report sets out that there is good reason to think that a minimum wage that works for the rest of the country doesn’t work for the capital. London Rising applies the methodology used to determine the national minimum wage to the London economy. It finds that the distinctive structure of the London economy means that the capital could bear a higher statutory minimum wage than the rest of the country. The report argues that the Low Pay Commission should be required to recommend a London minimum wage in addition to a national one, with the power to set a London rate given to the Mayor.

Londoner’s Plan
London Civic Forum, 2012
A manifesto from London Civic Forum based on the priorities of Londoners and what they mean for the Mayoral administration and London Assembly members.

London Skills and Employment Board legacy
The LSEB’s final report on its achievements, with recommendations for action, including targets on reducing employment and skills gaps for disadvantaged groups. 

London ward well-being scores
GLA Intelligence, 2012 edition
Probability scores giving a single combined measure of well-being of local residents based on 12 indicators. The scores are presented on a map, in tables and in charts. This fills a gap in “small area” data, helpful for targeting resources. New indicators include unemployment rates, access to public open space and life expectancy. Data are available for a five-year period. 

Observer article - London can't become home only to the rich
This Observer editorial discusses property prices and the impact that it will have on the population of London, say that ‘London will love the  people who give it its soul’.

Office for National Statistics update - mid 2012 population estimates
The latest report update on the mid 2012 population estimates for London has been published. In addition, the Migration Indicators-  latest update has been published and finds that internal out-migration from London rose for the year ending June 2012 and in-migration into London fell. Any questions related the research can be made by emailing

Current issues Note 36, GLAEconomics, 2012
Report on levels of low pay (16-20% of London's workforce earning less than London living wage) and who is most affected (people with low level qualifications, ethnic minorities, young people, over 50s, women and part-timers). Since the late 1990s, wage inequality in the UK has decreased slightly but increased significantly in London.
Perspectives: one year on
Views of London’s youth workers on the riots
London Youth, 2012
Refreshing perspectives from youth workers taken at the time of the August 2011 riots and one year later, highlighting the preventative role youth work plays and suggesting funding that is available is still not being targeted at the right places as it fails to get to the root of the problem.
Prosperity, Poverty and Inequality in London
Ruth Lupton, Polly Vizard, Amanda Fitzgerald, Alex Fenton, Ludovica Gambaro and Jack Cunliffe, July 2013
An expert seminar was held in July to discuss new research by LSE's Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. The research is being funded by Trust for London and provides a comprehensive picture of which groups of Londoners won and lost during the boom and then the downturn. The seminar was attended by London policymakers and representatives from voluntary organisations. Find notes of the discussion here
Reinventing London
Bridget Rosewell, November 2013
Bridget Rosewell was the Chief Economist and Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority between 2002 and 2012. London has enjoyed an extraordinary period of growth in the past generation, symbolized by the towers of Canary Wharf built on the skeleton of the old docks. Finance was at the heart of this, so how can London’s economy be reinvented after the financial crisis? This book discusses this question and what factors influence success.

Report of the Riots Communities and Victims Panel
The independent, four-person panel, chaired by Darra Singh, presented its interim report to government at the end 2011. The report includes the panel’s initial findings and recommendations; and sets out the themes of the next stage of its work.

Riots aftermath: London response to government
London Assembly, 2011
Letter from the London Assembly’s Economy, Culture and Sport Committee  to Secretary of State Eric Pickles to press for revenue funding alongside capital support so post-riots regeneration could deliver social as well as physical improvements in the affected areas. Read the committee’s letter here and London Councils’ response to the Riots Communities and Victims panel.

Strange Days- London After the EU Referendum
Centre for London, July 2016

The EU referendum of 23 June 2016 was a seismic event for the United Kingdom, with aftershocks and impacts that will be felt for many years to come.  Like the rest of the UK, London is now poised between idea and reality.  Many of the certainties of the past 40 years have been thrown in the air; we have yet to see where they will land.

On 8 July, Centre for London held a discussion comprising business leaders, politicians, and representatives of voluntary and community sector organisations, to discuss the risks that the referendum result poses for London and the prosperity and quality of life that the city offers.  This paper draws on that discussion to offer an initial snapshot of three of the main challenges facing London, and to set out possible responses in terms of:

·         Skills and Migration

·         Development and infrastructure

·         Social Cohesion

The riot roundtables - race and the riots of August 2011
Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Runnymede, 2012
Report on the Riot Roundtables project, recording discussions between local decision-makers, professionals, young people and members of the community to find out what happened during the riots and what could prevent something similar happening again. From this analysis Runnymede believes that race played a role in the riots.

Tackling childcare affordability in London
London Assembly Health and Public Services Committee, 2012
Results of an investigation into childcare and the high cost of childcare in London (up to three times more than the rest of the country). The report calls for action from the government including re-weighting grants for local authorities to cover 15 hours of free nursery education for three and four-year-olds to factor in local costs. Report and its recommendations in full here

A tale of Tech City: the future of inner East London’s digital economy
Max Nathan, Emma Vandone and Rob Whitehead, Centre for London, 2012
This report digs below the surface of the success of 'Silicon Roundabout', the high tech cluster in Inner East London, both noting that its scale is larger than is generally appreciated and that its continued success needs management and external support. 

Updated cuts report
LVSC, 2012
Analysis suggests that London's voluntary and community sector was disproportionately cut in 2011-12 compared with national government cuts to London's local authorities, in breach of current Best Value Duty guidance.

We can work it out
CPAG, 2012
How improving rates of parental employment in London should have an impact on London’s high child poverty rates. This report shows that many more parents in London have moved into work in recent years, and offers policy options for central, regional and local government to improve this further.