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Council calls for fair, sustainable funding to support local recovery

11 October 2021

Richmond Council, as part of the South London Partnership, has made a joint submission to the government's Spending Review, calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP to prioritise fair, sustainable funding to support the most vulnerable, to deliver a fair economic recovery and to accelerate the move to net zero.

In its submission, the South London Partnership (SLP) has outlined the needs of its borough partners for stability of funding and the right investment to overcome long-standing and exacerbated challenges, to ensure that local recovery is fair for all and contributes to addressing the climate emergency.

Each of the SLP boroughs (Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton) is focused on responding to the specific local needs and opportunities, but they are also collaborating sub-regionally. The joint work programme aims to support economic recovery and unleash the further potential of the sub-regional economy for the benefit of local residents and businesses, and therefore increasing the contribution to the London and national economies.  

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond upon Thames Council and Chair of the South London Partnership, said: 

"Representing 1.2 million Londoners and an economy worth £32 billion before the pandemic, the SLP boroughs have pivoted their activity in the last 18 months and worked closely with partners to respond to the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 has brought to people and businesses.

"This focus has now evolved to ensure that, as we all adapt to living with COVID-19, we are able to play our full part in addressing the health and social inequalities that have been exacerbated during lockdowns; supporting an economic recovery that leaves no one behind, and addressing the climate emergency."

The SLP has an Action Plan with five priorities and is working with a range of partners, including university and college partners, to pursue these: 

  1. Helping Residents Into Good Work
  2. Supporting Innovation
  3. Improving Infrastructure and Connectivity
  4. Addressing the Climate Emergency
  5. Revitalising High Streets and Economic Areas

Notes to editors 

The government's Spending Review 2021 will set its resource and capital budgets for 2022/23 to 2024/25. It will conclude on 27 October and be announced alongside the Autumn Budget 2021.  

Further information on the work of the South London Partnership can be found at www.southlondonpartnership.co.uk or on Twitter: @SouthLonP or LinkedIn: South London Partnership.

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Updated: 11 October 2021