A London without poverty

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s manifesto briefing for the London mayoral election in 2016.

This manifesto briefing proposes policies to ensure Londoners can build on the city’s strong economic environment for broad, sustained and inclusive growth. London is one of the richest cities in the world but is also home to some of the UK’s poorest communities. We hope that the London mayoral candidates will champion these policies so that all Londoners can share in the capital’s prosperity.

Key recommendations include:

  • Focusing on higher-quality childcare, closing London’s educational attainment gap and developing ‘family hubs’ to provide wraparound support and to help integrate services.
  • Using procurement budgets to create jobs-with-training for young people from disadvantaged areas and setting up an in-work poverty taskforce.
  • Improving take-up of benefits by older people and working with employers to reduce auto-enrolment opt-out rates among those at a higher risk of poverty in later life.
  • Widening access to affordable housing for low-income groups, highlighting the impact of local authority high-value housing stock sales and improving quality in the private rented sector.
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