I welcome this latest report and new thinking from the Smith Institute, supported by the Trust for London ‘Planning for the recovery and the shift towards homeworking: implications for poverty in outer London’.
The report shows outer London has been hit hard by the pandemic. The Covid-death rate, claimant count rate and proportion of employees paid below the Living Wage, for example, are higher in outer London than any other region in the UK outside the capital.
The report also shows that Covid has led to higher rates of homeworking in outer London than the rest of the UK. While higher paid Londoners are more likely to work from home this could have implications for where lower paid jobs are located and the demand for housing.
The report recommends a package of measures to support outer London, including stronger support for the London Living Wage, powers to control rent rises and the establishment of a GLA backed Outer London Covid Recovery Taskforce.