London Plus launching Good Work Commission

Civil society organisations in London come together to create the new good work commission


The London Good Work Commission is the first major attempt in the capital to explore how we create a city of good work for all by 2030.

Established by London Plus, the hub body for the capital’s 120,000 voluntary organisations, the Commission will pull together a compelling amount of research and insight into the state of poverty and bad work in the city.

It will also develop a series of proposals on:

  • Ending low pay in the capital
  • Creating good work-life balance through a reduced working week.
  • Helping Londoners to become lifelong learners.
  • Preparing people for an increasingly tech driven world of work.
  • Supporting people to volunteer in their communities.
  • Curbing unjust pay.
  • Recognising good business models

All of the above are elements essential to making good work for all a reality.

The Commission will draw heavily on evidence from London Plus’s network of frontline organisations tackling:

  • Unemployment
  • Low pay
  • Financial hardship
  • Insecure work
  • Digital exclusion
  • Poor skills
  • Barriers faced by disabled people.
  • Barriers face by those from an ethnic minority background.

We have also established an expert advisory group of over 20 London leaders, carefully selected from civil society, local government, business, the trade union movement, and think-tanks. Their role is to provide advice, guidance, and challenge to the Commission’s activities and its final recommendations.

Any research, proposals, recommendations, and oral or written outputs we produce, does not represent the collective view of the advisory group, or any member of it, or organisation they represent. They reflect only the views of the named author(s).

The Commission’s final ideas and report will be presented at a specially convened event during London Challenge Poverty Week in October 2019.

The London Plus Employment and Skills lead Rayhan Haque will coordinate all aspects of the Commission’s work.

London Good Work Commission Advisory Group

  • Deborah Hargreaves, Director of the High Pay Centre & Chair of the London Child Poverty Alliance
  • Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council
  • Chris Price, CEO, Pecan
  • Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
  • Venu Dhupa, Director, Community Links
  • Dominic Pinkney, CEO, Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre
  • Ross Diamond, CEO, Redbridge CVS
  • Sophie Adelman, Co-Founder at WhiteHat
  • Stephen Jeffery, CEO, London Learning Consortium
  • Charles Leadbeater, Future Work Awards founder & ex Number 10 Adviser
  • Tess Lanning, Head of Enterprise and Employment Strategy at Barking & Dagenham Council & ex Director of Living Wage Foundation
  • Stephen Evans, CEO, Learning and Work Institute
  • Nicola Inge, Director, BITC
  • Alice Martin, Head of Work and Pay, New Economics Foundation
  • Tebussum Rashid, Deputy CEO, BTEG
  • Sam Gurney, Head of TUC London
  • Jon Rees, Head of Making it Work, Inclusion London
  • Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation
  • Anna Thomas, Co-Founder & Director, Institute for the Future of Work
  • Lucy Caldicott, Founder, ChangeOut
  • Paul Goulden, CEO, Age UK London

If you would like to learn more about the London Good Work Commission or support its work, please contact Rayhan Haque.

The London Plus Good Work Commission has now hosted it’s first meeting, which you can read about in our blog. 

Over the past four months, the London Good Work Commission has been investigating the extent and nature of both poverty and bad work in London. Read the interim results blog post and report.