In the Priorities for Londoners survey, you ranked Culture and Sport as the capital’s highest performing area, with 7 in 10 of you satisfied. Opportunities for Londoners to take part in sports, and opportunities to learn creative skills, were highlighted as key areas for improvement.
You see, ‘work to attract business and investment’, and, ‘innovation and technological development’ as the two strongest areas for London’s economy. Your greatest concerns are with fair wages and building the infrastructure for a growing population.
Over the last three years:
- Delivery of East Bank has begun – a new culture and education district at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the £1.1 billion East Bank scheme is one of the world’s largest and most ambitious cultural and education districts and is funded through a combination of Government funding, contributions from partners, receipts from the sale of residential developments, philanthropic donations and GLA funding
- City Hall launched the Good Work Standard in July 2019. Amongst other things, this requires accredited employers to pay all staff at least the London Living Wage, currently £10.75 an hour. Since launch, 49 companies have signed up to this, covering over 191,000 employers.
This budget proposes:
- Maximising Londoners’ opportunities to access sport and physical activity: this allocates funding for over 18,000 Londoners to participate in Sport Unites projects in 2020-21
- Funding for 1,000 cultural and community events
- Honouring London’s Euro 2020 host city commitments bringing some of the continent’s finest footballers to our city
- Delivering London Boroughs of Culture for 2020, 2021 and 2023 and nine Cultural Impact Awards, which will increase diverse participation in culture
- Supporting skills development, including through the devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) and apprenticeships
- Investment in transport: increasing capacity by 33 per cent on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District lines; opening the central section of the Elizabeth line in 2021; introducing new services on the Northern line extension to Battersea and the Barking Riverside extension on the London Overground
Tell us what you think of the spending plans for culture and the economy in the discussion below.