UK Charity Number: 1108448
Previously known as The Pedestrians Association (founded 1929), the charity changed its name to Living Streets in 2001. In its previous incarnation, the group successfully campaigned for a 30mph speed limit in urban areas. Living Streets now campaigns for this limit to be lowered to 20 mph. This is also the flagship policy of the Safer Streets Coalition, of which Living Streets is a member.
Its remit is explicitly political. According to its website, its core work involves:
- Lobbying local councillors to improve pavements
- Writing letters to the local paper, or to MPs
- Undertaking street audits, and publicising the results
- Responding to policy consultations"
The majority of Living Streets’ funding comes from the taxpayer, including:
- Communities and local government: £204,350
- Department for Transport: £54,350
- Transport for London: £73,500
- Scottish Executive: £28,385
- Welsh Assembly: £15,000
- Associations of Local Government: £64,478
- Newcastle City Council: £15,000
- Total £438,213 (67% of total income)