POWER FOR MAYOR OF LONDON
(13 July 2006)
strategic leadership in London was boosted today, as key powers
for the Greater London Authority (GLA) the Mayor of London
and London Assembly - were announced. Secretary of State for Communities
and Local Government, Ruth Kelly, set out an enhanced package, covering
new lead roles for the Mayor on housing and adult skills in London;
a strengthened role over planning in the capital; and additional
strategic powers in a wide range of policy areas including waste,
culture and sport, health, climate change and appointments to the
boards of the functional bodies. The package also enhances the ability
of the London Assembly to scrutinise the activities of the Mayor.
announcement follows a full consultation, launched in November 2005.
The consultation stimulated a great deal of interest and debate
about the future strategic governance of London, and the proposals
unveiled today put into practice the government's policy to devolve
power, wherever feasible, to the right level. Further options for
devolution across England will be unveiled as part of the Local
Government White Paper due to be published later this year.
Kelly said: "This government gave London back its governance
in 2000 by creating a directly elected mayor for the city. And it
has worked. Not everyone would agree with every decision made by
the Mayor but it has given clear, accountable leadership that has
enhanced our democracy and brought decision-making closer to the
people of London. This clear leadership was also a crucial part
of Londons success in winning the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
is why I believe it is right that we should now build on this success,
and grant additional powers to further strengthen London leadership.
want to achieve the right balance of powers between national government,
the Greater London Authority and the London boroughs, to ensure
that London continues to hold its deserved position as a global
city with a highly successful economy. Today's announcement makes
good our commitment to devolving responsibilities to the most appropriate
level, and I am confident that the new powers will help to improve
further the quality of life for Londoners.
are devolving powers from Whitehall to London wherever feasible.
But in some specific cases, such as planning, we are strengthening
the Mayors powers in relation the boroughs where we believe
a more strategic approach will deliver better co-ordination and
delivery of services.
theme of devolution to our cities, towns, counties and neighbourhoods
throughout England is one that I will develop further in the Local
Government White Paper in the autumn."
of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "This announcement is welcome
recognition of the successes already achieved through the mayoral
system in London and provides the opportunity to build on this success
and further improve the lives of Londoners.
have demonstrated - through neighbourhood policing, the success
of congestion charging and the transformation of the buses - that
city-wide London government works and that Londoners are directly
additional powers granted to the office of Mayor will enable us
to tackle head-on the problems London faces - skills provision according
to the capital's needs in the run-up to the Olympics and planning
and housing powers which will help promote our city's global economic
status and also deliver the vital affordable homes that Londoners
summary, the Mayors new powers and roles are as follows:
Responsibilities of the London Housing Board will transfer to
The Mayor will prepare and publish a statutory London Housing
Strategy and a strategic Housing Investment Plan, setting out
the priorities to meet the housing needs of all Londoners.
The Mayor will decide the broad distribution of the affordable
housing part of the Regional Housing Pot in line with the strategy.
In short, the Mayor will decide in broad terms how public money
for new affordable housing will be spent.
Learning and Skills
The Mayor will have a statutory duty to promote skills in London
and will chair a new London Skills and Employment Board, drawn
from business and other key sectors.
The Mayor will prepare a new statutory Skills Strategy for London
setting priorities and budgets.
The Mayor will be able to direct changes to boroughs' programmes
for the local development plans they produce.
The Mayor will have a stronger say on whether draft local development
plans are in general conformity to his London Plan.
The Mayor will have the discretion to determine planning applications
of strategic importance.
The Mayor will lead a London-wide waste and recycling forum, working
in collaboration with the boroughs to improve performance in waste
management and recycling. The forum will manage a new London waste
and recycling fund.
Londons waste authorities will be required to be in general
conformity with the Mayors Municipal Waste Management Strategy,
backed up by the Mayors power of direction.
The Mayor and Government will work together closely on the London
component of the Waste Infrastructure programme.
Stronger powers for the Mayor to determine strategic waste planning
A requirement for the boroughs to act in general conformity with
the Mayors Waste Strategy
The Mayor should also appoint the Chairs and some board members
of the Arts Council London, the London Regional Sports Board and
Museums, Libraries and Archives London.
The GLA should consult arts, sport and other cultural delivery
bodies in the future development of the Mayor's Cultural Strategy
and national and regional strategic cultural bodies should consult
the GLA on their strategies, where there is a London impact.
The Mayor will prepare a strategy to tackle London's health inequalities
and promote the reduction of health inequalities in London.
The Regional Director for Public Health (RDPH) in London will
act as Health Adviser to the Mayor and GLA Group.
Climate Change and Energy
The Mayor will prepare and publish a statutory Climate Change
and Energy Strategy for London, stating how the capital should
minimise emissions of carbon dioxide by the use of energy in London,
help to eradicate fuel poverty; and harness economic opportunities
for London from investment and innovation in energy technologies
and energy efficiency.
He will also prepare and publish a statutory Climate Change Adaptation
Strategy setting out how the capital should adapt to the effects
of climate change.
The GLA will be subject to a specific duty to take action to mitigate
the effects of climate change and help London adapt to its unavoidable
The Secretary of State will have regard to the Mayor's Water Action
Framework when framing guidance to regulators in preparation for
a review of water price limits.
package of changes in respect to functional bodies, and additional
powers for the Mayor in appointing to the bodies' boards, are intended
to give the Mayor greater freedom of choice and more influence over
delivery. The key changes are:
The Mayor will have the discretion to appoint political representatives
to the TfL Board.
The Mayor will either appoint the Chair of the MPA or assume the
role of Chair himself.
The Mayor will appoint two members of the LFEPA Board, and will
be able to direct and issue guidance to the Authority.
key changes in relation to the London Assembly are:
The Assembly will be able to set its own budget and will publish
an annual report setting out its work and achievements over the
previous twelve months.
The Assembly will be able to hold confirmation hearings for key
appointments the Mayor proposes to make.
The Mayor will be required to have specific regard to the views
of the Assembly and the functional bodies in preparing or revising
his strategies. He will need to provide reasoned justifications
where he is not acting on their advice.
The Mayor and Assembly will jointly appoint the Authority's statutory
posts. Most other GLA staff will be appointed by the Head of Paid