As London moves towards its sixth Mayoral election on 7 May, London Councils, the cross-party organisation representing the 32 boroughs and the City of London Corporation, has set out its priorities for the next four years, and how it would like to see the partnership between the Mayor and the boroughs strengthened for the benefit of all Londoners.
Cllr Peter John OBE, Chair of London Councils, says:
“The winner will be the face of London as we enter the third decade in which the city is represented and served by a strategic Mayor, and 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation. Two decades of joint working have proven the strength of this form of combined democratic city leadership. We want that partnership to continue and to be strengthened over the next four years.”
Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils, says:
“A new government with a clear majority and a big agenda offers a host of opportunities for London. Elected leaders across London must think through how to work with government to gain the benefits of national policies on infrastructure investment, devolution, social care, health and policing amongst others.”
Cllr Ruth Dombey OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils, says:
“Mayors have delivered the congestion charge, the Olympics, and better air quality through the ultra-low emission zone. Boroughs have delivered improved services despite significant reductions in staff and spending power. The next Mayor of London must work with the London boroughs to meet the city’s challenges and deliver the urgent investment in services and infrastructure that all Londoners depend on – and deliver greater devolution from Whitehall to the Mayor and the boroughs.”
London Councils’ top priorities are:
- Building enough homes for Londoners.
- New approaches to investment in infrastructure that a 21st century global city needs.
- Ensuring people can move around the city without congestion.
- Stopping the harmful effects of growth on our air, our health and the climate.
- Reversing the recent rise in violence especially its threat to young Londoners.
Leading London towards 2030 sets out London Councils’ priorities and vision of partnership working for the new Mayor of London to be elected in May.