Thames Gateway London Partnership’s Chief Executive Ros Dunn delivered a presentation, in conjunction with Peabody Housing Association, entitled ‘How will changes in Housing Benefit affect out of work Londoners?’ at London’s Employment and Skills Convention on Monday (23 May 2011.)
The presentation focussed on the adverse affects of housing benefits on existing claimants which will force many to seek cheaper accomodation in outer London, where there is traditionally a lack of availability of jobs and increased cost of employment costs due to transport prices. TGLP argues that such obstacles put in place by changes to the housing benefit will ultimately act as a deterrent to work.
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Thames Gateway London Partnership urges the Government to step up its support of the Thames Gateway
Thames Gateway London Partnership has today, on the first anniversary of the coalition, urged the Government to recognise the ‘massive unexploited potential’ of the Thames Gateway region through tangible measures of support.
TGLP, a cross party organisation representing local authorities and universities in the Thames Gateway area welcomes the creation of an enterprise zone in the Royal Docks but has warned that as the government continues to focus its attention on the rest of the country, more needs to be done in order to stimulate and sustain growth in Europe’s largest regeneration scheme.
Chief Executive Ros Dunn said:
“Sir Peter Hall has recently asked if there is much to celebrate on the 20th birthday of the Thames Gateway. The answer is “yes…and no”. “Yes” because our successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London would not have been possible if the supporting infrastructure brought by the Thames Gateway project had not been there. “No” because there is still much more to do, and little sign that the government is giving the Gateway the continuing priority it needs to deliver the sustained economic growth which benefits the whole of the country. Commitments to further essential infrastructure in the sub region, such as extra river crossings and the interchange of HS1 and HS2 through Stratford International station would be a real cause for celebration.”
This content is from the TGLP archive. It was originally posted on: 09/07/2010
TGLP welcome the comments of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has said that cutting vital investment in London’s transport system would hurt London’s business and damage the UK economy.
In a speech to the CBI, the Mayor said:
“London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and our economic recovery and global competitiveness will be devastated if we fail to invest in our transport infrastructure. London needs both an upgraded Tube and Crossrail.”
Speaking at the launch of the TGLP annual review in June, Partnership Chair Lord Falconer said:
“By any objective measure, investment in the London Thames Gateway is good for the UK economy, such is its strategic importance. It would be a disastrous false economy not to honour the existing Crossrail commitments.
“The eastern end of Cross rail and the spur to Abbey Wood are integral parts of the scheme. Without it the transport system will not be able to support planned and vital new development and the people of East London risk being left behind if they are not able to access new jobs.”