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Improving equality

London is a wealthy city, but there are still many differences in quality of life across the city. We want to make sure that everyone in London has access to opportunities that can improve their lives.

Improving equality in London

The Mayor wants to create a London that provides equal opportunities for all its people and businesses. We want to stop inequality.

We are doing this by:

  • complying with the Equality Act 2010: an Act of Parliament that provides advice on how to improve equal opportunities for specific groups across the country
  • publishing Inclusive London - the Mayor's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which sets out how he will work to create a fairer, more equal, integrated city where all people feel welcome and able to fulfil their potential
  • using Inclusive London to make sure we consider equality in everything we do – when we write policies and projects, set budgets and make decisions. This is called mainstreaming equality

How are we improving equality?

The Mayor’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy sets out how he will work to create a fairer, more equal, integrated city where all people feel welcome and able to fulfil their potential.

The strategy has six parts:

  • a great place to live
  • a great place for young people 
  • a great place to work and do business 
  • getting around 
  • a safe, healthy and enjoyable city 
  • leading by example

What have we achieved so far?

Over the last two years great progress has been made. Some examples of our successes in improving equality are:

  • increasing the London Living Wage by 4.6 percent from £9.75 to £10.20 per hour
  • publishing the Mayor’s Strategy for Social Integration, a non-statutory strategy focused on creating a more socially integrated city in which Londoners can positively interact and connect with people who are different to themselves
  • securing Home Office funding for new community sponsorship scheme and a co-ordinated approach to the resettlement of Syrian refugees

For more information about how our work improves equality for different communities in London, please go to our communities page.

Checking how our policies are helping

We have a duty to report on how we are performing against the guidelines set out in the government's Equality Act 2010.