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 will be launched this year.

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 and 2012.  It is currently working on a 2017 iteration.  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.

Quality of Life Indicators report series

 

The 2017 iteration will be released on these pages. Previous reports can be viewed below.