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  • The Queen’s Speech 2016: briefing

     This briefing highlights the bills in the Queen’s Speech that affect London local government.

     

  • Devolving employment support

    London Councils is proposing devolution and reform of London’s public services. 

  • Reforming Public Services

    London Councils, which represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, is proposing devolution and reform of London’s public services in order to deal with the financial challenges of the next five years and to invest in the social and economic infrastructure that is vital to the capital’s continued growth and success.

  • Administration of business rates in England: discussion paper

    In April 2014, the Government published a discussion paper on the administration of business rates in England.

    London Councils submitted the attached response to the discussion paper.

  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16

    The provisional 2015-16 Local Government Finance Settlement announcement

  • Making Devolution Work

    Following the Scottish referendum result, the issue of devolution is in the air: not just to Scotland but to cities, towns and regions in the rest of the UK. 

    As part of its work at the party conference season 2014, London Councils partnered with the UK's core cities to press the case for urgent devolution to cities. At present, London government retains only 8 per cent of the taxes the capital generates, compared with more than 50 per cent in New York.

  • Trust in Democracy

    All political parties are promoting policies for a strong local democracy. Placing the power back in the hands of the people and their locally elected leaders is a central theme, in varying degrees, of the main political parties' rhetoric and is vital for restoring public confidence in the value and effectiveness of local democracy.