The Local London Partnership was established in February 2016. Membership is made up of eight London Boroughs; Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. Members of Local London work in partnership with the aim of delivering growth and to identify opportunities for devolution to this London sub-region.
The Local London boroughs have established a statutory Joint Committee to manage their programmes and regular meetings of the leaders, Mayor and Chief Executives of the boroughs set the strategy and direction of the Partnership. A Local London Partnership Management Unit is hosted by the London Borough of Redbridge. The Partnership is one of four sub-regional borough collaborations encompassing all of the London Boroughs. The others are the South London Partnership, West London Alliance and Central London Forward. View the agenda papers and minutes of Local London Meetings
Currently, the Partnership has two workstreams focused on devolved services and activities to the sub-region. The Local London Work and Health Programme is the devolution to the boroughs by DWP of a five year programme to provide employability services to unemployed residents of the eight boroughs (and also LB Bromley). The Programme is also supported by the European Social Fund and involves the procurement and management of a service provider to deliver the programme under a £36m contract.
The Skills Devolution Workstream involves the boroughs developing a skills and employment strategy for the Local London area and setting up a Local London Skills and Employment Board with employers and other key stakeholders. The intention is to steer and influence the investment in skills and training by Government and by the GLA within Local London through the devolution of budgets such as the Adult Education Budget, so that devolved budgets better meet the needs of local employers and residents. In the autumn of 2017 Local London produced a Skills and Employment Strategy for consultation with partners and stakeholders.
A consultation event on the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Strategy and the Local London Strategy was held on the 14 December 2017, you can download the skills strategy presentation made by London Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe and Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council and lead for skills lead for Local London.
Following the consultation event and other input from partners and stakeholders a Skills and Employment Strategy has now been finalised by Local London.
View a PDF version of the Skills and Employment Strategy without graphics
Local London is now working on setting up a Skills and Employment Board, chaired by Cllr Rodwell, with a membership which will include Further and Higher Education establishments, training providers, businesses from key sectors and business organisations, the voluntary and community sector and experts in skills and education.
The Growth Challenge
In addition to its work on devolution Local London is developing a joint approach to tackling the challenges and opportunities of delivering plans for substantial housing, employment and economic growth in the area. The eight Local London boroughs aim to deliver 260,000 new homes and 210,000 new jobs over the next two decades. Between now and 2041 the population of the area (already 2.3m) is predicted to rise by 1.7m residents (a rise approximately equal to the current size of the cities of Birmingham and Leeds combined). Together the Local London boroughs will account for 34% of London’s population growth over the coming decades.
Ensuring that this growth takes place in a sustainable way, that the underpinning physical and social infrastructure is in place and that the growth results in increased prosperity for Local London’s residents is a major challenge for the Partnership and its boroughs. These concerns and issues will be the focus of a Local London ‘Business Plan for Growth’ which is currently being developed.
The London Plan is a particularly important document that sets the strategic context for consideration of the planned growth in Local London. Local London has responded to the Mayor’s new Draft London Plan consultation in March 2018. View the Local London response to the Draft London Plan.
Transport Infrastructure is a particular important underpinning of sustainable and inclusive growth. View Local London's responses to the consultation on the Mayor’s Transport Strategy