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ALG CALLS FOR ACTION TO TACKLE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR

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Clearer coordination of economic and social regeneration across the capital is needed to tackle the growing divide ...
Clearer coordination of economic and social regeneration across the capital is needed to tackle the growing divide between the most and least deprived areas in London, says the Association of London Government which represents the capital's 32 boroughs and the city of London.

Commenting on the report published by the London Research Centre - The Capital Divided - ALG chair Toby Harris said: 'The increasing gap between the have and have nots is something that we should not tolerate because in the long run it will tear the city apart. 'The figures are staggering. Incomes in London are more polarised than the rest of the country.

'The number of people on means-tested benefits has increased dramatically in the last ten years and in at least four central London boroughs over half the children going to school qualify for free school meals.

'However I know that there is a lot of hard work going on in boroughs - in partnership with local people, other organisations and businesses - to tackle some of the deprivation that exists.

'The ALG has been very successful in lobbying the British and European governments for funds to help London boroughs address some of these problems.

'But because there is no strategic London wide authority with the powers to set the overall framework for regeneration, there is no clear coordination of effort and so the results are piecemeal.

'A clear London framework would help us target resources more effectively for maximum impact.'

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