Policy Forum for London

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Policy priorities for securing London’s economic recovery following COVID-19

Morning, Tuesday, 13th July 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference looks at what is needed to support London’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic - looking a priorities, strategies and next steps.

It will be an opportunity to examine the work of the London Transition Board and the London Recovery Board, which is intended to support the Capital’s economic renewal and co-ordinate its emergence from lockdown - as well as the new London Plan, which sets out a framework for economic, environmental, and social development.

Overall, discussion will focus on:

  • the work of the London Recovery Board and London Transition Board
  • what is needed to support businesses
  • infrastructure priorities for supporting London’s economic growth
  • taking forward the new London Plan following the Mayoral election in May

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; DIT; DfT; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; the Joint Air Quality Unit; and the MHCLG.

The agenda:

  • The work of the London Recovery Board and priorities for supporting businesses, local authorities and Londoners as the Capital recovers from the pandemic
  • Supporting London’s services sector as it adapts to the impact of Brexit, COVID-19, increased remote working, and changes in behaviour
  • The approach to transport provision - priorities for innovation and adapting to long-term customer trends
  • Ensuring London has the infrastructure to support unlocking economic growth - the outlook for development post-pandemic, ensuring housing needs are met, competing on an international stage, and moving towards net-zero
  • Next steps for implementing the new London Plan, and its role in driving London’s recovery

Areas for discussion:

Next steps for policy:

  • the new London Plan - next steps for implementation, and its role in driving London’s recovery
  • the Mayor’s Green New Deal fund - priorities for taking forward policy to improve the environment and reduce inequalities, and create employment opportunities in the move towards net-zero
  • the wider policy environment - what is needed to maximise opportunities for London through measures being put in place on a national level to promote economic recovery

The impact of the pandemic on London’s economy - and how it is responding:

  • the London Recovery Board and London Transition Board:
    • considering their work as they co-ordinate the process of London coming out of lockdown and the re-opening of the economy
    • priorities for addressing the wider economic and social challenges London faces, including:
      • climate change and the drive to net-zero
      • tackling inequality
  • wider priorities for support:
    • ensuring businesses, local authorities, and residents in the Capital receive adequate help to recover from the pandemic
    • the impact of measures being put in place, including:
      • a further £544m to kickstart London’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, announced by the Mayor at the inaugural recovery summit
      • the introduction of an Anchor Institutions Charter aimed at supporting effective procurement and recruitment to help young people’s recovery from the pandemic

Supporting London’s service industry and high streets:

  • support - what is most needed that could be provided to help adapt to the impact of Brexit, COVID-19, increased remote working, and changes in behaviour 
  • the financial services sector - options for policy, with:
    • London’s financial and professional services sector set to lose more than £2bn per year, according to an independent study commissioned by the Mayor into the impact of the UK-EU trade deal
    • calls on the Government to reach separate agreements to close the gaps in the trade deal
  • adapting to behavioural change - discussing options for mitigating the possible impact of changes in behaviour and working patterns on London’s high streets, hospitality industry and more widely

Public transport:

  • Transport for London - implications of reduced passenger footfall for TfL’s sustainability going forward, with the Mayor calling for long-term, sustainable funding from central Government
  • innovation - how London transport services are adapting to long-term customer trends, and what further options may be possible


  • what is needed - and ensuring adequate infrastructure to unlock economic growth, including meeting housing needs across all tenures
  • development post-pandemic - evaluating what the economic landscape and changes in customer behaviour mean for future planned projects, and priorities for funding future development
  • national and global transport links - priorities for future port and airport development in the south-east to enable London to continue to compete on the international Stage
  • connectivity and services - ensuring local communities have adequate infrastructure, including digital and transport, to support economic recovery and respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic

Background to the discussion:

  • the London Transition Board - which aims to co-ordinate London’s emergence from the COVID-19 lockdown
  • the London Recovery Board - aiming to support London’s economic recovery and tackle some of the key social problems facing the city, including:
    • reversing the pattern of rising unemployment and lost economic growth caused by the pandemic, and supporting local communities in their recovery
    • helping young people to flourish with access to support and opportunities
    • narrowing social, economic and health inequalities
    • accelerating delivery of a cleaner, greener London
  • the new London Plan - which sets out a framework for economic, environmental, transport and social development across the city
  • the Housing in London report - the annual report, which informs the development of the Mayor’s London Housing Strategy, and in part examines the short-term impact of the pandemic on London
  • an Economic Recovery Strategy for London - with the London Assembly pressing the Mayor to set a date for such a publication in November last year
  • an extension of the Government Support Package for TfL - as discussions with the government regarding a long-term funding settlement continue
  • the London Mayoral Election taking place on 6th May 2021

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the Government Legal Department; HM Revenue & Customs; the Joint Air Quality Unit and the MHCLG.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from business groups, council leaders, transport operators and consultancies, environmental groups, housing developers, engineering firms and architecture firms, law firms, hospitality and service industry associations, financial service companies, resident groups and associations, charities and social enterprises, researchers in academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference


Councillor Stephen Alambritis

London Borough of Merton

Sam Gurney

Regional Secretary, TUC London, East and South East

Geeta Nanda

Chief Executive, MTVH and Chair, G15

Professor Tony Travers

Professor in Practice, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Member, London Recovery Board

Richard Burge

Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Member, London Recovery Board

Allen Simpson

Acting Chief Executive Officer, London & Partners

Alice Lester

Operational Director for Regeneration, Growth and Employment, Brent Council