Luton Borough Council
LIF to Luton 2040
The Luton Investment Framework made a positive difference to the town, surpassing its original goal of attracting £1.5 billion of inward investment to the town resulting in:
- fast job growth, higher wages and more opportunities
- quality and affordable houses being built
- new schools
- investment in arts and culture
- development sites and infrastructure projects
- better and more equitable health outcomes
- a reduction in the life expectancy gap
- strong and resilient communities
Despite this it became clear not everyone in Luton was benefiting from this growth and opportunities it created with:
- 46 per cent of children living in poverty
- 28 per cent of working families living in relative poverty
- 67 per cent child poverty in Biscot ward
- deprived five year olds being15 months behind in their vocabulary
In December 2018, the council established the independent Luton Inclusive Growth Commission to investigate how to ensure that everybody in Luton could benefit from economic growth.
The nine members of the independent commission included the chair Professor Sir Les Ebdon, CBE DL and representatives from different sectors in the town, including education, health, business and the voluntary and community sector who considered a wealth of evidence and carried out extensive engagement.
In the Growing Luton Together reports the commission identified a series of significant challenges in Luton and outlined ambitions and recommendations which shaped our development of the Luton 2040 vision to become an inclusive, modern and aspirational place which recognises the value of our young people and diverse population.
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