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Chair of London Councils to take up new pan-London role at City Hall

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London Councils represents the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation. Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney was elected Chair in 2010. He has announced today that he will be stepping down shortly to take up the role of Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills at City Hall. As Chair of London Councils, Jules served on the 2013 London Finance Commission, chaired by Prof. Tony Travers, which set out a blueprint for devolving power away from Whitehall to London and to other cities in the UK.

Mayor Pipe said: "It has been a privilege to serve Londoners for the past six years in my role as Chair of London Councils. The boroughs are increasingly recognised as key players in shaping effective and efficient public services across our localities and across London as a whole. My time at London Councils has given me the opportunity to work productively with council leaders from all parties and from all parts of London. I look forward to building on the relationships I have developed here in my new role working for Mayor Khan."

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and Leader of Bexley Council said: "It’s been a pleasure working with Jules over the past six years. He has helped ensure that the voice of the boroughs is heard at city and national level on the vital issues that impact on the lives of Londoners. He has also played a vital role in promoting critical borough collaboration, including the formation of the London Pensions CIV."

Cllr Claire Kober OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Leader of Haringey Council said: "‘It has been a pleasure to work with Jules over the last few years. During his time as Chair, London local government has played a leading role in building relationships with Whitehall and the Mayor; led on the devolution and public reform agenda; and made sure that councils continue to progress and become high performing organisations. On devolution in particular, Jules has played a key role in driving that debate forward and importantly built a strong partnership within London and across the major cities of the UK. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at City Hall.’

Cllr Ruth Dombey OBE, Vice Chair of London Councils and Leader of Sutton Council said: "‘Jules has been a determined advocate for local services during a period of very tough funding settlements for the boroughs. Under his leadership London Councils have ensured that issues such as funding new school places never slip from the agenda. We wish him well in his new pan-London role."

Jules’s successor as Chair of London Councils will be elected by the London Councils Leaders’ Committee.