Unlocking the investment potential of ‘Outer’ London
November 16th 2023
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Cllr Darren Rodwell
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenant & resident’s association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in Barking in 2010. He has also worked in welfare rights and has set up a food bank as well as serving as a non-executive director in the NHS and a school governor.
Darren was first elected to Barking & Dagenham Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council which includes Barking & Dagenham being London’s growth opportunity. He was also responsible for a series of successful festivals which marked the borough’s 50th anniversary in 2015 which included a visit by Her Majesty the Queen.
Since 2014 he has led Barking & Dagenham Council through a transformation programme to secure £63m of savings over the next four years at the same time as delivering real time improvements in services.
Deputy Chief Executive
As Deputy Chief Executive of Barnet Council, Cath is responsible for the Council’s extensive housing and growth programme, environmental services, and major commercial relationships. She is a Director of the Council’s joint venture company with Related Argent to deliver Brent Cross Town – a park town for future London including 6,700 new homes, 50 acres of green space, workspace for 25,000 people, three schools, a new station and other amenities and infrastructure. Cath sits on London Councils Economy Board and the New London Architecture Sounding Board, and Chairs the West London Economy and Skills Directors Group. She joined Barnet in 2013 from Harlow Council where she was Assistant Chief Executive responsible for Growth and Regeneration. Prior to that she was a senior civil servant, undertaking a variety of roles including as Deputy Director of the Social Exclusion Unit responsible for children and young people’s issues. She stepped down as a Board Member of the Peabody Trust in 2019 on completion of her maximum term of appointment, remaining on the Development and Thamesmead Committees until March 2022.
Unlocking the investment potential of ‘Outer’ London
The ‘Inner Boroughs of London’ could arguably be considered the wealthiest region in Europe. Whereas, the Outer Boroughs, although adjacent geographically, demonstrate a different profile.
Outer London is often regarded as the reluctant extension of the city, or, at its worst, a rejection of it. Despite already being far more densely populated, the outer boroughs are also experiencing a substantial net inward flow. The phrase – ‘Levelling Up’ was coined to essentially illustrate the disparities across the UK - North v South divide or London v outside of London. Life chances, health, well-being, skills, employment, and general social outcomes, are all considered to be substantially higher in ‘London’, specifically in ‘Inner London’.
However, London’s narrative is a dual one. It is the UK’s most unequal region.Taking into account the high housing costs that Londoners face, London has the highest rates of poverty of any region in England, and child poverty rates are particularly high. London itself requires levelling up!
Although markedly different in various aspects, it’s apparent that London’s Outer Boroughs collectively bear the brunt of the issues. Nevertheless, these boroughs are crucial to London’s overall prosperity, housing significant portions of Greater London’s population, key infrastructures, and numerous employment and retail sub-centres. Granted, some areas are seeing success, yet others are under considerable stress.
The UK needs London to remain a top-tier global city that can attract investment, tourism, students, and talent from around the world for the benefit of the whole country.
At this Movers & Shakers Breakfast, a formidable panel of experts from both the private and public sectors will discuss how we can unlock the investment potential of the ‘Outer Boroughs’. What strategies can be implemented to rejuvenate these regions? What financial and other forms of support can the government offer? Should the private sector lead this initiative? How can successful collaboration be achieved? How crucial is infrastructure and connectivity? And how can affordable homes delivered for the expanding population in London’s Outer Boroughs?
The necessity to rebalance London’s economy and housing market is apparent. More homes and affordable homes, are desperately needed! Unleashing the potential of the Outer Boroughs (and regenerating these key areas of London) could be a catalyst, not only benefiting those residing and working in these areas, but also contributing to the greater good of London and the entire UK.
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