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While it is absolutely right to spread public sector jobs across our country, what is the Mayor doing to ensure some of these clusters go to other parts of London and both London and the regions benefit?
While London is clearly a successful driver of growth, the benefits of prosperity are not shared by all Londoners. I am working to support more areas of London, including outer London boroughs, to be attractive and viable locations for big employers, both public and private sector. The London Plan aims to protect office space across the capital. London & Partners also promotes outer London boroughs as vibrant, exciting places to work.
On the skills front, we are working to support all Londoners and London’s employers to access the skills they need, including through the delegated Adult Education Budget.
Our recent report, London and the UK – a declaration of interdependence, highlights the interdependence between London and the rest of the UK. When London flourishes so does the rest of the country. So we’re working closely with the M9 group of directly-elected Mayors in England, including calling for further devolution of powers and funding to the capital and other regions.