Deborah Bull: King’s Commission on London proposes solutions to the city’s complex challenges

Last week, against a backdrop of Tower Bridge and beyond, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan launched the report of King’s Commission on London – London 2030 and beyond – at City Hall.

This in-depth review of the challenges facing the capital warns that London’s health, further education, and skills systems are fragmented, complex and unlikely to deliver optimal outcomes unless more power is devolved to the city’s Mayor.

A focus on vital issues that are often overlooked

The Commission was set up in 2016 by the Policy Institute at King’s – a unit of the university that exists to address complex policy challenges through a combination of academic rigour and inclusive, cross-disciplinary conversations. The Commission – which has been co-chaired by Lord (Andrew) Adonis, former Cabinet Minister and Transport Secretary, and Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London – focus on two themes that over the course of the Commission rose to the top of the public’s agenda. First, healthcare, especially in primary healthcare; and second, skills, with a particular emphasis on apprenticeships and further education. To a degree, this focus aligns with the expertise at King’s; but it also reflects the Commission’s sense that although these were vital issues for London, they were often overlooked or neglected.

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