As London's prime business advocacy organsation, we seek to promote and enhance the interest of our members. We regularly respond to consultations and calls for evidence by national and local government and government agencies.
COVID-19 has posed enormous challenges for businesses and their employees, particularly threatening cash flow, employment and general business sustainability. LCCI welcomes the Committee’s plans to continue holding evidence sessions on the economic impact of coronavirus.
In order to service a truly diverse population and workforce, the capital’s transport network must be capable of meeting the needs of all passengers by providing a fully accessible and inclusive system.
With the capital’s population expected to reach around 10 million by 2030, London’s transport system will continue to face increased overcrowding and congestion. It is critical that London’s transport network continues to grow, and the Bakerloo Line Extension (BLE) has a vital role to play.
The capital’s population is expected to reach ‘megacity’ status by 2030 with a population over ten million people. This rapid population growth will place London’s infrastructure, particularly its transport networks, under considerable pressure. Therefore, LCCI welcomes the opportunity to respond to the London Assembly Transport Committee’s investigation: ‘London’s Transport Now and in the Future’.
LCCI recognising that the capital’s transport infrastructure is susceptible to overcrowding and congestion supports the development of a new crossing and would like to see it constructed and open to traffic as soon as possible.
Avoiding additional barriers to trade is a top priority for London businesses. Post-Brexit, LCCI believes there must be a suitable arrangement in place to regulate Britain’s relationship with the European Union EU, rather than a fall back on WTO rules. In a recent consultation response to an inquiry on Freight and Brexit, LCCI pushed for practical solutions to ease friction at our borders and to safeguard our trading relationships in the wake of Brexit.
LCCI welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Government’s draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), given the magnitude of the capital’s housing crisis and its impact upon London’s businesses. In our response, we focused on reviewing poor quality land in the green belt, targeting of smaller sites and constraints around the planning process.
The Mayor and the GLA face significant challenges as they seek to ensure our capital remains a great place to set-up, run and grow a business. In our response to the Mayor’s draft Economic Development Strategy, we have chosen to focus on what City Hall can do to support London’s businesses and how London can meet the challenges that come with ‘megacity’ status.
With demographic pressures and the uncertainties of Brexit, the Mayor and the GLA face significant challenges as they seek to ensure our capital remains a great place to set-up, run and grow a business.
During the draft London Plan review process, important decisions will have to be taken to prepare London for the future – not least as the capital is forecast to reach a population of nine million by 2020 and over ten million by 2027 becoming a ‘megacity’.
This response from LCCI will focus principally on those chapters that impact on the three areas of continuing importance to our members; housing, transport and skills.
ULEZ matters to SMEs across London. This month, we have responded to TfL’s consultation on expanding ULEZ to the North and South Circular Roads. LCCI believes that TfL’s ULEZ proposals must strike the right balance between delivering significant improvements to air quality whilst allowing businesses to adapt to changes.