London Apprenticeships

Inner and outer London – a Tale of Two Cities?

23 February 2016

This meeting took place on 24 February 2016. Read the transcript here.

London has a higher poverty rate than the rest of England with 27 per cent of people living in poverty compared with 20 per cent in the rest of England.[2]

Poverty continues to shift from inner London to the outer boroughs, with Brent and Ealing among the top four worst-performing boroughs. What is the reason for this shift?

The London Assembly Economy Committee will tomorrow get an update from the New Policy Institute on London’s Poverty Profile, which assesses the extent and depth of poverty in the capital. Housing, work quality, low income and benefits will all be discussed and the meeting will also explore the impact of recent changes to the welfare system on people living on low incomes in London.

The following guests will be questioned:

  • Hannah Aldridge, Senior Researcher, London Poverty Profile, New Policy Institute
  • Megan Jarvie, London Poverty Project Coordinator, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive, Z2K
  • Cllr Roxanne Mashari, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, London Borough of Brent
  • Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare, Institute of Economic Affairs

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 24 February from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. London’s Poverty Profile, 2015, New Policy Institute.
  3. Fiona Twycross AM, Chair of the Economy Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  4. London Assembly Economy Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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