About the Quality of Life workstream


The Quality of Life workstream exists to develop a snapshot of London’s quality of life and identify the key sustainability issues that the city faces.  It does this by producing a series of ‘Quality of Life Indicators’ reports, the latest of which is now available.

AVAILABLE NOW: Quality of Life Indicators Report 2017


  Read the Summary Report
Read the full Evidence Report
Read the press release, which includes a quote from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan 
The LSDC’s fifth Quality of Life Indicators report draws on existing datasets to examine 32 key indicators to gauge progress for people living in the capital.  These metrics provide evidence to help guide decision-makers in taking the actions needed to improve the quality of life of all Londoners: present and future, and to help the city play its full role in meeting global sustainability goals.

Headlines from the 2017 report are:

  • The data show that overall, many indicators are heading in the right direction, with positive stories in areas such as public transport use, economic productivity and volunteering.
  • The data show that more work remains to be done in key areas to ensure that London becomes a truly sustainable megacity fit for the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Increasing social inequalities in London are highlighted by the widening of gaps in educational outcomes, access to affordable housing, and a continuing and growing gulf between the financial haves and have-nots.
  • The LSDC identifies areas in which the trends are positive but where questions remain about the scale and pace of change, including of the city’s carbon emissions.

The indicators the report presents are the responsibility of a range of organisations and bodies across London, including the Mayor, boroughs, business, central government and others in the private and public sectors.

The report provides baseline data that informs the LSDC’s work programme and advice to the Mayor. The LSDC will be updating the indicators on a regular basis, and exploring ways to enrich and deepen existing datasets. The indicator set is also held on London Datastore, a free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the capital.

Background to this workstream


For the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC), sustainable development is about creating a better quality of life for everyone, now and in the future. In practice, achieving a better quality of life is about:

  • Having access to quality education, jobs, services, housing and leisure
  • Living in an environment which is healthy, resilient and stable now and into the future;
  • Living and working within a society which is democratic, just, engaged, diverse, responsible, supportive and vibrant;
  • Living and working within a society which is democratic, just, engaged, diverse, responsible, supportive and vibrant;

Knowing how London is tracking in terms of sustainable development is key to identifying where and how improvements can be made to improve quality of life. The LSDC produced the first Quality of Life Indicators Report in 2004, and subsequent reports were produced in 2005, 2009, 2012 and now, 2017. The reports provide baseline data that informs the LSDC’s work programme and advice to the Mayor.

The reports are unique in providing a snapshot of London’s quality of life and identifying the sustainability issues London faces.  They encompass headline indicators across the environmental, social and economic spheres of London’s life.  The data behind the indicators are informed by existing data, but presenting them in this way enables identification of trends that cut across the three spheres of sustainability, alongside any movement in specific indicators.

Previous Quality of Life Indicators reports