London Councils is committed to fighting for more resources for the capital and getting the best possible deal for London’s 33 local authorities.
Much of our work consists of lobbying the government and others on behalf of our member councils, not just for a fair share of resources, but also to protect and enhance council powers to enable them to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.
We develop policy and do all we can to help our boroughs improve the services they deliver. We also run a range of services ourselves, all designed to make life better for Londoners.
For instance, we run the Freedom Pass concessionary fares scheme, which gives a million older and disabled Londoners free travel on buses, tubes and trains. The scheme costs more than £260 million a year, and is paid for by our member councils.
London Councils is a cross-party organisation, funded and run by our member authorities to work on behalf of them all, regardless of political persuasion. We also act as the employers’ organisation for the 32 London boroughs, providing advice, support and training, and representing them in negotiations.
London Councils' members are all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority are also in membership.
The main policy decisions are taken by our Leaders’ Committee, which meets monthly (except January and August) and brings together the leaders of all member authorities.
We have a total staff of around 100 people, most of whom work at our main offices at 59½ Southwark Street, close to London Bridge. Some transport services are run from Angel Square in Angel, Islington.