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London is the UK's richest city and a driver of its economy, but also home to the country's greatest extremes of poverty and wealth. Around 2.3m people live below the poverty line in London - 27 percent of its population, compared with 20 percent in the rest of England. The mayoralty of London is one of the most important public positions in the UK. It has the potential to tackle inequality, and can be an authoritative voice about policies that the national government should apply specifically to London.
Oxfam is calling on the next Mayor of London to be at the forefront of efforts to address poverty and inequality. Specifically, Oxfam is calling for the appointment of an Inequality Commissioner for London, with a remit to:
Develop a strategy to address economic inequalities and poverty
Develop a 'decent work standard'
Consider the role of London's financial sector in relation to global inequalities
Games Monitor is a network of people with a desire to inform and monitor the Olympic process and the local impact. Final editions of Background papers 1, 2 & 3 were updated December 2015. Version 5 replaces previous versions of background papers and is an extensive revision.
Games Monitor is a network of people with a desire to inform and monitor the Olympic process and the local impact. Final editions of Background papers 1, 2 & 3 were updated December 2015.
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion;
Get Young People Working – The Youth Offer is a £3.28m two-year programme funded by City Bridge Trust (CBT). Grants have been made to London's 32 Local Authorities (LAs) with the aim of helping 1,000 young people across the capital not in Employment Education and Training (NEET) gain employment, an apprenticeship or vocational training. The intention of the programme has been to increase their employability, adding value to existing programmes and contributing to an evidence base of what works for this group. Every London LA was awarded a grant of up to £100,000, with the freedom to decide on the most appropriate spend in the light of local circumstances. The only condition was that the LAs worked in partnership with one or more Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisation(s) to deliver the projects. The outcomes achieved exceeded the target, set for itself by City Bridge Trust, with 2,522 participants moving into full-time employment education or training and 214 into part-time education or employment. The individual projects were valued by participants, with a high level of satisfaction among those interviewed or surveyed.
National Zero Waste Council;
BMW's views of the future of car ownership influenced its decision to enter the car-sharing business. DriveNow estimates that an average car is used only about 4% of the time and with half the global population predicted to live in cities by 2050 and parking becoming ever more difficult, urban residents are increasingly looking for alternatives to ownership. Observing that in cities that have embraced car-sharing a single such vehicle has the potential to replace dozens of cars, the company determined it needed to be in the car-sharing sector. It also allows BMW to access customers it normally has trouble reaching, as the average age of the company's buyer is in their mid-40s but the average age of a car sharing user is 32. Younger generations are not as attached to car ownership and continue to make multi-modal choices in transportation.While in the past BMW Group was in the business of selling cars, by the year 2020 it has a vision to be the world's leading provider of premium vehicles and premium services for individual mobility – where cars are provided as a mobility service. The company is equally seeking to make mobility climate-friendly and easy on resources, and has been increasingly combining its car-sharing offers with electric drivetrain solutions which generate zero emissions.Their newest electric vehicle model (i3) incorporates recycled and eco-friendly materials and is being introduced to DriveNow customers.
Migration Policy Institute;
This report stems from the discussions held under Migration Learning Community (MLC) initiative that took place in September 2006. Sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies, this project brought together immigrant community activists, foundations and other policy practitioners in a European tour that took place in Brussels, Berlin and London. The tour consisted of a range of roundtables, political briefings and a number of site visits across the three cities.
International Longevity Center-USA;
The World Cities Project (WCP) originated as a joint research project between the International Longevity Center-USA and New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. It has since grown to include the active involvement of the ILC-France, ILC-Japan, and ILC-UK. Also the City of Paris Department of Health and Social Affairs, the London Regional Office of the British National Health Service, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Health and Social Welfare, and the New York City Department of Aging and Department of Health have provided important support to the project. The project compares health, social services, and quality of life for persons aged 65 and over in the four largest urban agglomerations in the countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): New York, Paris, Tokyo and London.
Although these four cities have been the subject of numerous studies in the fields of architecture and urban planning, there have been few comparative studies of health and social services. Additionally, the WCP introduces a spatial perspective to more conventional economic and demographic analyses of population aging and longevity issues. Most comparative analyses of health systems focus on national averages that mask important variations within smaller jurisdictions. In contrast, the WCP relates smaller, more comparable units providing notable advantages for cross-national learning.