Following the London Communities Summit in June 2015, reported on this site, the London Communities Commission was set up in September 2015, with eleven Commissioners from the private, public and voluntary sectors, chaired by Sir Stephen O’Brien, convened by the Paddington Development Trust and supported by London Funders and by the Corporation of London’s charity, City Bridge Trust. Its task was to look into how citizens and communities in London’s most deprived areas might be strengthened and supported in these times of austerity.
The most recent posts on this site relate to the London Communities Commission and older posts relate to the Summit that gave birth to it.
Coming in the wake of a general election and with a new London Mayor in office, this initiative is a timely opportunity to help set out what policies are needed to help communities thrive in London – and, more critically, what actions are necessary to achieve this. It also takes a radical look at the difficult question of how new resources might be secured to allow innovation in the context of the withdrawal of public sector funds.
In essence, the Commission proposes to work with the Mayor to define the most stressed areas in London and to establish an endowment trust to enable local partnerships, led by a community anchor organisation, to address their priority unmet needs over a 5 to 7 year period.
The report will go to London policy makers, the Mayor, Borough Councils, the corporate sector, the Health Service, community anchor organisations, think tanks and funders. It proposes a strategic response that delivers community-led solutions for the million or so Londoners living in London’s most stressed neighbourhoods.
I hope that you will find it stimulating and useful – and that you will join in delivering local solutions.
Convener of the London Communities Commission