2021 Agenda

London Elections 2021 – London needs a new direction

Like a virus, inequality infects our minds. It harms way we relate to one another and how we feel. Nowhere is this more relevant than in London. Our Agenda for a #FairerLondon, created by citizens and activists, asks the Mayor of London to reduce inequality – a lot. We need to change the shape of our society, for everyone’s benefit.  

Inequality is woven into the structures of our society through multiple, overlapping layers of discrimination, racism and injustice. Our solutions must do the same, reach throughout society, and wherever possible work to address not the symptoms but the root causes of inequality: the unfair distribution of power and money. 

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IT'S INEQUALITY STUPID

Inequality is a multi-faceted problem. The norms of inequality have become embedded in our culture. The Mayor should talk at every turn about changing society, changing the distribution of wealth and power, about how inequality directly distorts and harms human relationships

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FAIR ECONOMY: FAIR PAY, FAIR TAXES, FAIR INCOMES, FAIR REWARDS

The Mayor should introduce pay ratios across all city-funded organisations. No public sector employee should earn more than ten times another. No public money should be spent where the pay ratio between boss and worker is more then 10 to one.

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FAIR HOUSING, FAIR SPACE, FAIR RENTS

We need to change how we do housing in London. The ‘housing market’ is completely broken. We need homes people can afford to rent and to buy. Endlessly rising house prices lock thousands out of the chance of ever owning a home. Too much housing has become an investment not a home.

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Covid19 has drawn attention away from the terrifying challenge of climate change. The rich, and the very rich consume vastly more than the rest of us. Tackling economic inequality is central to tackling climate change.

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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Children and young people are most damaged by the direct harms of inequality. We need an education system that rejects the myths of meritocracy. London's schools should focus on building citizens, on enriching young people’s minds, expanding experiences, exploring relationships, building confidence and trust

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PRESS AND THE MEDIA

The language, concepts and attitudes of free-market economics have become so dominant that we barely notice how they infect our lives. Forty years of neoliberalism has changed the very words we use. This is how inequality becomes normalized, accepted and unchallenged

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POWER AND DEMOCRACY

As inequality has risen the rich have found it ever easier to buy power and influence. Property developers shape our housing system; bankers and finance businesses tell us how the economy has to be; privatized corporations run formerly public services

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  • Loti Martin