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Club of European Metropolitan CCI London meeting 30 th - 31 st October 2013. How London is governed. ‘Greater’ London – differing layers of governance. Common administrative area created in 1965 now with various tiers:

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Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Club of European Metropolitan CCI

London meeting

30th - 31st October 2013

How London is governed


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

‘Greater’ London – differing layers of governance

  • Common administrative area created in 1965 now with various tiers:

  • Local level: 32 Borough councils and ‘City of London’ Corporation

  • Regional level: Mayor of London and 25 Assembly Members

  • Parliament: 73 MPs attending Westminster

  • Government: 24 National Ministerial Departments

  • Europe: 8 MEPs attending Brussels/Strasbourg

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Local: 32 + 1 = 33 authorities

  • 32 councils that run most local services

  • Known as the “Boroughs”

  • Responsible for Schools, social services, waste, roads

  • Policed by Metropolitan Police Service

  • Dominated by three main political parties

  • City of London Corporation has unique status dating back to 1225

  • Often referred to as “The City” or “Square Mile”

  • 7,000 population

  • Own dedicated Police Force

  • Most voters are representatives of businesses

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Local – current political control of councils

  • 1858 councillors elected every four years

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Regional: looking after 8.3million people

  • Greater London Authority (GLA) created in 2000 as strategic authority for transport, policing, economic development and fire & emergency planning

  • Office of Mayor with executive powers

  • Assembly Chamber to scrutinise mayoral activity

  • Aim to enhance coordination between boroughs

  • Jurisdiction does not include City of London Corporation area

  • Mainly funded through central government grant

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Regional: The Mayor of London

  • Incumbent Boris Johnson first elected in 2008

  • The London Plan

  • Transport for London (TfL)

  • Policing & Crime

  • Fire & Emergency

  • London Business Board

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Regional: current political make-up of Assembly

  • 25 Members elected every four years

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Parliament: London House of Commons seats

  • 73 MPs nowelected every five years

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

‘Limited’ London: impact of a centralised UK

London’s weak local/regional governance means many important decisions are ‘filtered’ through national government departments

Partly due to limited financial power enshrined in Office of Mayor of London

Battle for attention of Ministers against many competing interests from other UK regions as well as public policy influencers

Prime example was effort to seek to protect London transport funding at the Government Spending Review in June 2013

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Example: “Grow London - Tell George””


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Looking ahead

London Chamber believes the Office of Mayor of London should have greater control over financial resources

Agree with broad thrust of London Finance Commission chaired by Professor Tony Travers

London Chamber actively engaging with political parties now

UK Westminster General Election scheduled for May 2015

Our Business is Your Business


Club of european metropolitan cci london meeting 30 th 31 st october 2013

Club of European Metropolitan CCI

London meeting

30th - 31st October 2013

Political London – an outline

Sean McKee, LCCI


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