The unspoken decline of outer London

Author: Paul Hunter

Published by The Smith Institute, March 2019

This report follows on from previous research by Paul Hunter, the Institute’s director, on poverty in outer London and on housing and low pay in the capital. What makes this report distinctive is its focus on understanding the extent to which poverty and inequality have worsened in outer London in recent years, especially relative to the centre.

The report warns against this vision of a poorer and more divided city, with an ever-widening gap between the wealthy inner zones and a poorer outer area. To combat this it proposes renewed efforts by leaders and planning authorities to secure inclusive and sustainable growth across all London’s boroughs – not a displacement from one area to another.

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