The VCSE sector adds extraordinary value to Londoners, but this public good which enriches so many lives is only achieving a fraction of its potential.
A flourishing VCSE sector enables positive contagion to ripple out to achieve the following outcomes: healthier, happier citizens; a stronger democracy; more resilient, better targeted services; and sizeable economic savings.
However the sector is at a crossroads, with funding being squeezed and independence threatened. The right measures undertaken by elected politicians and public policy makers will enable the VCSE sector to support Londoners to thrive in spite of the challenges of austerity.
The next London Mayor must grasp this opportunity. For London to lock in and leverage these economic, social and personal benefits the VCSE sector needs the new Mayor to: