Created a year ago, updated 3 months ago

The Mayor of London committed to developing a London Wellbeing and Sustainability Measure in his 2021 manifesto. This was to help measure London’s success as a place to live and work for all its residents. It would counteract the fact that, for years, London’s success has been mostly measured only in terms of its material wealth. 

The GLA's City Intelligence Unit is leading on the development of this measure of wellbeing and sustainability. It will bring together data on the multiple aspects of our lives that form the basis of our collective wellbeing. This is so that we can track which aspects of our lives are getting better over time and focus on the areas that need improvement.

Our framework has been developed through a review of frameworks using by other cities, liaising with likely users of the measure to understand how it could inform their work, and by conducting in-depth qualitative research with a range of Londoners to ensure it reflects the things that matter to people. From this, we produced a draft framework, a qualitative research report based on research with Londoners between December 2021 and January 2022, and a community engagement report based on roundtables with community groups in January 2022. Following this, in August 2022, we produced a draft proposal for a measure, which included document setting out the work undertaken so far and how this has led to the proposals, and a document providing further supporting detail on the recommended data for the measure.

In January 2023, we held a key stakeholder consultation involving boroughs and London organisations to refine our proposal and finalise the draft framework. The discussion and actions we are taking following this consultation are available to view.

You can now view and download the finalised framework of the London Wellbeing and Sustainability Measure.

We are now entering the final stage of data analysis and we are working to produce an initial iteration of our findings by Spring 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the London Wellbeing and Sustainability Measure, please get in touch by sending an email to