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LDA: The Equality and Diversity Agenda. Arun Batra Director – Equality and Diversity. 6 th September 2006. The Role of the LDA. The Mayor’s agency for business and jobs 1 of 9 Regional Development Agencies LDA investment budget for 2005-06 = £405m/PS How we work

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    1. LDA: The Equality and Diversity Agenda Arun Batra Director – Equality and Diversity 6th September 2006

    2. The Role of the LDA • The Mayor’s agency for business and jobs • 1 of 9 Regional Development Agencies • LDA investment budget for 2005-06 = £405m/PS • How we work • EDS – Mayor’s strategy to develop London - Places and infrastructure, People, Enterprise, M&P • Corporate Plan – LDA business plan

    3. Areas of Achievement • How we work • CIP (Corporate Investment Panel) • Specific Equality Investment-Approx £40m (£75m inc Opps Funds) • Specific investment in BAME business support- £43m • Opportunities Fund £50m – 78 projects – 15,000 BAME - 14,000 women – 5,000 disabled • Rigorous performance monitoring – 24 measurements – budget allocation/forecast spend • Level 5 - ESLG

    4. Areas of Achievement • Targets – BAME WOMEN DISABLED • Business Link Transition- £23m per year • Diversity Works for London – £10m over 4 years • Stephen Lawrence Centre, Bernie Grant Centre, Wembley, Rich Mix

    5. London’s challenges • High unemployment rate. • High child poverty rate. • Barriers to employment and skills needs. • High costs. • Health inequalities. • Pollution issues. • Transport.

    6. Challenges • Equality and Diversity Strategy (sophistication) • Economic activity of Muslim women • Employment Support – Disabled/Bangladeshi/Pakistani • (esp women) • Business support – Black Carib/African Carib/Black Others • Skills training –Bangladeshi/Black Carib/Muslium/Mix Race

    7. Olympics - Challenge • LDA delivers on key commitments/diversity and legacy • LETF • Construction Skills Training • Volunteer Programme • Local Labour and Business Scheme • Olympic Intelligence and Forecasting Unit • Olympic Business Club • ODA/Listed Authority • Legacy • 29 days • 250k jobs • 100k new homes

    8. Olympics - Challenge • Procurement Opportunities • www.london2012.com/business • www.tendertowin.com • PDP substantial expansion • NSMDC • Procurement Strategy • Robustness of Contracts • PQQs (Diversity Dividend) • Questionnaires