Since 2016 the council, together with its partners and investors, has been successful in securing more than £1.3 billion of investment in the town with a further £3.2 billion scheduled through the Luton Investment Framework.
Following consultation with stakeholders, a short-term vision has been developed to address the immediate challenges COVID-19 has had on Luton’s economy and the health of its residents.
The short-term vision lays the foundations of the town’s longer term ambitions of Luton 2040 – a healthy, fair and sustainable town, where everyone can thrive and no-one has to live in poverty. It sets out the priorities for the first five years. The next two to three years will focus on:
- securing a strong economic recovery
- protecting the most disadvantaged residents from the worst impacts of the pandemic
- delivering a more inclusive economy
- a better quality of life for residents
The short term vision strategic priorities 2020–2025 are:
- securing a strong economic recovery from COVID-19, which protects jobs, incomes and businesses and enables us to build a more inclusive economy
- protecting the most disadvantaged in our town by prioritising services and interventions that focus on prevention, alleviate the impact of poverty and reduce health inequalities
- making Luton a child-friendly town, where our children and young people grow up feeling happy, healthy and secure, with a voice that matters and the opportunities they need to thrive
- becoming a greener and more sustainable town, to meet our long-term ambition to be carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2040
- a strong and empowered community supporting fairness, equality and local pride and speaking with a powerful voice
The Vision is being delivered through two strategic partnership boards:
The longer term ambitions build on the work of the Inclusive Growth Commission and their recommendations to make Luton a more inclusive place where everyone can share in the benefits of economic growth and enjoy a good quality of life.