As Labour prepares to govern, there is a unique and exciting opportunity to address pressing issues and steer the country towards greater prosperity and fairness. At Action West London, we see this moment as a pivotal one, filled with the potential for transformative change that can bring the country together by reducing poverty and promoting social cohesion.


Local charities like ours play a crucial role in providing essential grassroots services to our communities. However, we have faced significant challenges due to budget constraints on local councils and the loss of the European Social Fund (ESF), which previously supported numerous community initiatives. This financial strain has hindered our ability to deliver crucial services, leaving vulnerable populations without necessary support.


As CEO of Action West London, I urge the incoming administration to commit to establishing a new social contract with local charities. This must involve a comprehensive and sustainable funding strategy that recognizes the invaluable contributions these charities make to social welfare and cohesion. Proper funding and support for these organizations can enable them to continue their essential work and even expand their services to meet growing needs.


Addressing this funding crisis can be a turning point for local charities. With a well-designed strategy, the government can foster a new era of collaboration between central government and the charitable sector. This partnership could ensure that these organizations not only survive but thrive, effectively supporting those who rely on their services.


As Labour embarks on this new chapter of governance, may this be an opportunity to build a more resilient, equitable, and supportive society, starting with a renewed commitment to the grassroots organizations that are the backbone of our communities. By reducing poverty and promoting sustainability, we can create a brighter future for everyone.


We at Action West London stand ready to work with the government in partnership to effect positive change. Our efforts in alleviating poverty through employment and job brokerage, enhancing skills, running Acton Street Market, and promoting sustainability through our Green Corridors project under the banner of Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse will continue with renewed vigor. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of those in West London and beyond.


Let us seize this opportunity to bring our country together, to support those in need, and to build a future where everyone has the chance to thrive. We are optimistic about the possibilities that lie ahead and are committed to working alongside the Labour government to turn these possibilities into reality.


Warmest congratulations once again, and here’s to a future filled with hope, unity, and positive change.


Gary, CEO

Action West London