A commission for the future
Established in November 2015, the King’s Commission on London is a two-year study looking at the future challenges and issues facing London and their possible solutions – taking a longer term, 15 year, perspective. The aim of the Commission is to provide substantive, evidence-based recommendations on how London can be more liveable, sustainable, productive, healthier and inclusive, and better connected.
The project is steered by 22 Commissioners and chaired by Lord Adonis, former Cabinet Minister and Transport Secretary. The members of the Commission include representatives of London businesses, government, academics, both within and outside King’s, and think tanks.
‘The Commission proposes realisable policy solutions to take London as a global centre into the 2020s and beyond. These should help keep London the success it should always be’.
Tony Halmos, Director, King’s Commission on London
The Commission’s work has three core elements. The first models the capital’s economic prospects over the next 15 years, and identifies various scenarios for London in this period. It examines economic, demographic, employment and trade-related factors and aims to map numerically how these factors could change under the specified scenarios.
The second element explores London’s healthcare needs and outcomes and the policy changes that could best improve these outcomes. This examines how London differs from other cities, how health can be a barometer for the state of London more widely, what a healthy city could and should look like, and how our health can gain from full use of the development of digital – or smart – cities.
The third element focuses on post-16 non-university education and skills in London. This encompasses not only the implications in London of the new apprentice levy, but also the role over the next decade of further education colleges and where changes should be made to ensure that they can achieve their maximum potential. It examines the scope and advantages of further devolution to London of policy-making and implementation in this area.
Tony Halmos, Director of the King’s Commission on London and a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at King’s said, ‘London has always faced major challenges to its world class status. The Commission provides a comprehensive opportunity not only to examine these challenges, but to propose realisable policy solutions to take London as a global centre into the 2020s and beyond. These should help keep London the success it should always be.’
King's Commission on London published its final report in March 2018, alongside Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Read the report here.
King's Commission on London is funded by the City of London Corporation, Sir Harvey McGrath, British Land and Arup.