A to Z of London government

This A-Z guide offers a quick introduction to the range of organisations with a role to play in running London

Arts Council Area Council (London)

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, responsible for investing £2.4 billion of public funds between 2011 and 2015. The Arts Council Area Council for London, one of nine regional councils, includes four borough councillors on its board, nominated by London Councils.


     14 Great Peter Street London SW1P 3NQ (national HQ)

     Related organisations: London Councils

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (London)

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents all the directors of adult social services in England as well as senior managers who report to them. There are 32 members of the Greater London region. Directors of Adult Social Services in London, sponsor the London Social Care Partnership (LSCP) working in partnership to deliver positive changes in adult social care.


     Related organisations: LSCP, ADPH, London Councils

Association of Colleges (London)

Promotes educational and skills training for Londoners over the age of 16 by fostering collaboration between further education providers, business, government and local communities.


     2-5 Stedham Place, London WC1A 1HU

     Related organisations: YPES, Learner Voice London, Department for Education

Association of Directors of Public Health (London)

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) is the representative body for Directors of Public Health in the UK. Its primary aim is to maximise the effectiveness and impact of Directors of Public Health as Public Health leaders. The London branch includes Directors of Public Health from the 32 boroughs, and who work in partnership to tackle those public health issues that are unique to London.


     Related organisations: ADASS, ADCS, LGA, London Councils, Public Health England (London)


The Association of London Directors of Children's Services

The Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) is a network that brings together the Directors of Children’s Services of every London borough and the city of London. Through the contributions of its members, ALDCS provides the collective voice of professionals in children’s services leadership roles on policy covering a wide variety of services available to children, young people and their families in London. ALDCS is part of the national Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS).


     Related organisations: London Safeguarding Children Board, London Councils


Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a geographical area that the local businesses have voted to invest in collectively to improve their environment. BIDs are business-led organisations funded by a mandatory levy on all eligible businesses following a successful ballot. The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) has established a steering group to advise on strategic and policy issues in relation to London BIDs.


   Related organisations: LEP


London’s 32 boroughs (and the City of London, see separate entry) run most of the day-to-day services that keep London ticking. Together they spend around £15.6 billion a year, including around £7.8 billion on education and £4 billion on social care for Londoners.

London’s boroughs own and maintain nearly half a million homes, run libraries, deal with planning applications, maintain most of the capital’s roads and enforce parking regulations, license the capital’s pubs, clubs and restaurants, collect more than xxx tonnes of waste per year and deliver a range of environmental services, including consumer protection, and maintain a range of arts and leisure services for local people.

London boroughs are run by their elected members – of which there are 1,861 in London. each of the 32 boroughs is divided into wards, each of which is usually represented by three elected councillors.

All 32 London boroughs and the City of London are members of London Councils, the representative body for London local government

A full list of councillors and chief officers for every London borough can be found in the London Government Directory (this will be updated following the London-wide elections on 22 May)


     Related organisations: London Councils, Greater London Authority, Communities and Local Government

Capital Ambition

Originally established in 2008 as the regional improvement and efficiency partnership for London, with funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government, London Councils' Leaders' Committee decided to mainstream key areas of the Capital Ambition programme to London Councils' core work in 2010. These include the Self Improvement Board, established under the auspices of the Chief Executives of London Committee (CELC), and the London Procurement Strategy Board, which draws together finance and procurement officers to enable a more consistent and efficient approach to procurement across London. Although no longer receiving government grant monies to support this work, the Capital Ambition programme has adapted by investing its resources in a new and unique initiative known as London Ventures.


     59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL

     Related organisations: London Councils, London Ventures, CELC


CBI London

The CBI is a business lobbying organisation, with around 240,000 member companies.


     CBI Centre Point 103 New Oxford Street London WC1A 1DU

     Related organisations: FSB

 Chief Executives' London Committee (CELC)

The Chief Executives' London Committee (CELC) brings together the chief executives of every London borough, the City of London, London Councils and the Greater London Authority. It is a forum for mutual support and collaboration between chief executives and coordinates wider chief executive contributions to London’s joint working.

     [email protected]

     Related organisations: London Councils; Greater London Authority


City of London

England’s oldest local authority (by several hundred years), the City delivers the same services as the boroughs for the ‘square mile’. It has an important role in promoting and developing London as one of the world’s leading financial centres and its responsibilities extend beyond its boundaries (for example it maintains Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath and runs the quarantine station at Heathrow Airport).

Since 1839 the City has run its own police force, the City of London Police.

By established convention the City of London is run on a non-party political basis through its Lord Mayor and members of the Court of Common Councilmen and Court of Aldermen.


     Guildhall, City of London, EC2V 7HH

     Related organisations: London Councils, Boroughs


Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) London

There are 32 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in London. Each CCG is a statutory NHS body with its own governance arrangements; these vary according to their individual constitutions. CCGs are membership organisations of the practices within their boundaries. They are responsible for commissioning around 60 per cent of the NHS budget to meet the health needs of their populations.

CCGs have been required to determine appropriate footprints for developing five year strategic plans based around local health economies.  In London this has resulted in the emergence of six groupings across the capital.

      Map of CCGs https://www.officelondonccgs.org.uk/resources/map-ccg-boundaries/

     (Office of London CCGs): 1 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7NT

     Related organisations: London Clinical Commissioning Council, London Councils; NHS England (London); Public Health England (London), Greater London Authority; London Health Board

Core Cities

The Core Cities group represents the councils of England’s eight largest cities outside London. It is a cross party group led by the City Leaders. Core Cities, London Councils and the Mayor of London have joined forces in the City Centred campaign that calls for greater fiscal devolution to England’s cities.  


     Core Cities c/o Manchester City Council, Level 5, Manchester Town Hall Extension, Lloyd Street, Manchester

     Related organisations: London Councils, Mayor of London

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Environment and Traffic Adjudicators

The Environment and Traffic Adjudicators constitute a tribunal and are independent of the enforcement authorities. Cases are decided by independent adjudicators, each of which is qualified either as a barrister or solicitor.

Education Funding Agency

The Education Funding Agency manages £5.4 billion of funding a year to support all state-provided education for 8 million children aged 3 to 16 and 1.6 million children aged 16-19.


     Related organisations: YPES

English Heritage

English heritage is the government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment. The London Historic Environment Forum looks at issues specific to the capital.


     (London Region) 1 Waterhouse Square 138 - 142 Holborn London EC1N 2ST

Environment Agency

An executive non-departmental public body established to protect and improve the environment, and promote sustainable development. The agency is responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


     London Team, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AL

     Related organisations: London Councils, GLA

Equality and Human Rights Commission

EHRC has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine ‘protected’ grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.


     Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8JX

     Related organisations: London Councils, GLA

Executive (London Councils)

A cross-party executive, made up of 11 councillors from across the political groups, acts as a forum for the development of London Councils’ priorities. The reports to the Leaders’ Committee.


     59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL

     Related organisations: Leaders’ Committee

Federation of Small Businesses

The London region of the FSB campaigns to promote and protect the interest of the self employed and owners of small firms in the capital


     2 Catherine Place Westminster  SW1E 6HF

     Related organisations: CBI

Film London

Film London is the capital’s film and media agency set up to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital. Following the abolition of the UK Film Council, the government has charged Film London with developing and managing a national strategy to generate inward investment through film production via a public-private partnership with key industry bodies.


     Suite 6.10, The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ

     Related organisations: GLA, Arts Council, DCMS

Freedom Pass

London Councils manages the Freedom Pass, Europe’s most comprehensive free travel scheme, on behalf of the London boroughs and the City of London. There are over 1.3 million Freedom Pass holders (of which 1.16 million are older people and 160,000 are disabled Londoners).


     59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL

     Related organisations: London Councils, TfL


Health Emergency Badge

The Health Emergency Badge (HEB) alerts parking enforcement officers that the person displaying the badge is a healthcare professional attending a medical emergency in a patients' home. All London boroughs have agreed to the scheme, although it is not a mandatory provision and it is offered entirely at the discretion of London parking authorities. The scheme is administered by London Councils.


     59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL

     Related organisations: London Councils

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Local Health and Wellbeing Boards have been established as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Boards are chaired by Elected Members  bringing together local health and care commissioners and a representative of patients in order to plan and develop a better integrated approach to the delivery of local services, improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. There are a number of core duties which underpin the work of Health and Wellbeing Boards these include; undertaking a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) to identify the health and wellbeing needs of the local population and priorities, and once these are known, the development of a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) outlining how improvements will be made locally.  


     Related organisations: Boroughs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch England, NHS England (London)


Healthwatch England

Healthwatch is the consumer champion for health and social care established as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Healthwatch exists in two forms – local Healthwatch, at local level, and Healthwatch England, at national level.  Local Healthwatch are independent organisations which aim to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality Local Healthwatch have a seat on all local Health and Wellbeing Boards and are required to ensure that the views and experiences of patients, carers and other service users are taken into account when local needs assessments and strategies are prepared.

Local Healthwatch provides people with information about their choices and what to do when things go wrong; this includes signposting people to the relevant organisations and supporting individuals who want to complain about NHS services.


     Related organisations: Boroughs, Health and Wellbeing Boards


Jobcentre Plus

Formerly the name of a government executive agency, since 2011 Jobcentre Plus has been the brand name used by the Department for Work and Pensions for its working age support services in the UK. Jobcentre Plus operates across four Contract Package Areas in London (West London, North London, East London and South London)


     Related organisations: DWP

Key Issues

Key Issues is the name of London Councils’ free weekly e-newsletter, sent out every Wednesday morning to more than 7,000 subscribers across the capital.


     Related organisations: London Councils

Leaders’ Committee (London Councils)

London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee is the organisation’s main decision making body. The Committee, which includes the Leaders or directly elected Mayors of each borough council and the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London, sets policy and takes decisions on the latest developments affecting London local government. The committee meets at 59½ Southwark Street.

  •  londoncouncils.gov.uk
  •  59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL
  •  Related organisations: London Councils



The London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNET) is the membership association for London’s Environment Directors, with representation from the GLA and London Councils. It provides a forum for Environment Directors to share learning and best practice and develop thinking on emerging policy. A London Environment Director acts as chair and deputy chair on a rotating basis. The current chair is Lyn Carpenter (RBKC/LBHF) and the deputy chair is Chris Lee (Merton). 


LEPT (London European Partnership for Transport)

The London European Partnership for Transport (LEPT) was established in 2006 as a new partnership to coordinate, disseminate and promote the sustainable transport and mobility agenda for London and London boroughs in Europe. Its aim is to promote, on a London and European level, the best interests of all 33 London boroughs and their activities within the London transport strategy. One of LEPT’s main roles is to identify, bid for and manage EU transport and mobility projects involving London boroughs which support their local priorities as well as fitting into the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

  •  lept-eu.org
  •  59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL
  •  Related organisations: London Councils


Local Government Association

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national representative body for local authorities; it represents more than 400 councils across England and Wales. The LGA leads on national issues that affect local government. It works closely with London Councils who concentrate on those issues that have a particular relevance for the capital.

  •  local.gov.uk/home
  •  Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ
  •  Related organisations: London Councils


London Ambulance Service

The only NHS Trust that covers the whole of London, the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust employs more than 4,500 staff covering 70 ambulance stations across the capital.

  •  londonambulance.nhs.uk/
  •  London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, 220 Waterloo Road, SE1 8SD
  •  Related organisations: NHS England (London)


London Assembly

The London Assembly consists of 25 elected members (14 representing constituencies and the rest elected from party list according to total London-wide vote). The Assembly Members (AMs) act as scrutineers, with the power to veto the Mayor’s budget plans (with a two-third majority).


London Climate Change Partnership

The London Climate Change Partnership is a GLA coordinated centre for expertise on climate change adaptation and resilience to extreme weather in London. LCCP is comprised of public, private and community sector organisations, including London Councils, that have a role to play in preparing London for extreme weather today and climate change in the future.


London Clinical Senate

The London Clinical Senate, one of 12 such senates across England, was established in 2010 as a forum for discussion on issues that are key to the development of London’s health services and a source of independent strategic advice in supporting commissioners making the best decisions for their populations.


London Councils

London Councils is the representative body for London’s 33 local authorities. The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime are also in membership. London Councils is committed to fighting for more resources for the capital and getting the best possible deal for London’s boroughs.  Much of its work consists of making the case to government, the Mayor and others on behalf of its member councils, not just for a fair share of resources, but also for the freedoms and powers to protect and enhance their ability to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.

London Councils is a cross-party organisation, funded and run by its member authorities to work on behalf of them all, regardless of political persuasion.

The main policy decisions are taken by our Leaders’ Committee, which brings together the Leaders or directly elected Mayors of all member authorities. There is also a cross-party Executive, which guides the organisation’s day-to-day work.


London Crime Reduction Board

The London Crime Reduction Board (LCRB) was established in 2010 to provide a concerted focus on crime reduction, policing and criminal justice issues across the London partners. Chaired by the Mayor of London, membership includes the Deputy Mayor for Policing, three borough council representatives nominated by London Councils and representatives from the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice agencies in London.

  •  london.gov.uk
  •  LCRB Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime, 2nd Floor City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA
  •  Related organisations: MOPAC, Mayor of London, London Assembly, London Councils, Metropolitan Police, Probation


London Enterprise Panel

The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor of London, the LEP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London’s boroughs, business and Transport for London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London. Because of London’s unique governance arrangements, the LEP’s role is not the same as that of the local enterprise partnerships that have been established elsewhere in the country. For example, in London, the functions of the former London Development Agency (the Regional Development Agency for Greater London) have been folded into the Greater London Authority and will not be taken on by the London Enterprise Panel. The Panel has an advisory role and works within the framework set by the London Plan and other Mayoral strategies.

The London Enterprise Panel is a non-incorporated consultative and advisory body established by the Mayor under sections 30 and 34 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. As a mayoral appointed body with no separate, independent or corporate legal status the Panel must operate through the Greater London Authority (GLA) which may be required to act as its “accountable body” if funding arrangements are entered into with the Government or European Commission on the Panel’s behalf.

In April 2014 the LEP submitted the Growth Deal for London (see separate entry)

  • lep.london
  •  London Enterprise Panel Secretariat Greater London Authority City Hall The Queen's Walk SE1 2AA
  •  Related organisations: GLA, London Councils, Growth Deal


London Finance Commission

The cross-party London Finance Commission was set up by the Mayor of London in May 2012, with support from the London boroughs and chaired by the LSE’s Professor Tony Travers. It was tasked with examining the potential for greater devolution of both taxation and the control of resources (capital and revenue) and developing recommendations about the financing of London government. The commission published its final report: Raising the capital on 15 May 2013. The report argues that funding arrangements in London should allow London government to make additional self-determined investments in its own infrastructure both to cater for the growth already forecast for its population and economy, and to promote additional economic growth.


London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) runs the London Fire Brigade and is responsible for advising on fire safety, enforcing fire safety laws and carrying out various emergency planning activities, including assisting boroughs in planning for emergencies.

The 17 members of LFEPA are appointed by the Mayor. Eight are nominated from the London Assembly, seven from the London boroughs and two are direct Mayoral appointees. LFEPA is a non-voting member of London Councils.


London First

London First is a business membership group supported by around 300 of the capital’s leading companies. It aims to influence local and national government policies and investment  to help maintain London’s status as a leading world city for business. It is run by a board made up of business leaders.

  •  londonfirst.co.uk/
  •  3 Whitcomb Street London WC2H 7HA
  •  Related organisations: CBI, FSB


London Health Board

In 2013 London Councils, the Mayor of London and key health partners jointly agreed to establish a London Health Board (LHB) - to provide leadership on health issues of pan-London significance where this adds value to decisions, agreements and action at local level. The LHB makes the case for appropriate resourcing of the London health economy, ensuring that the importance of London's health, and its medical research centres, to the national economy is fully recognised.

The board meets four times per year and membership is made up of three parts: five Leaders of London local authorities nominated by London Councils, the Mayor and four Mayoral appointees, and five senior representatives from the Health Sector in the capital from NHS England, Public Health England, the London-wide Clinical Commissioning Council – representing London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), one of the London Academic Health Sciences Network Director and the London Clinical Senate.

  •  59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL
  •  Related organisations: NHS England (London) , Public Health England, London Clinical Senate, London Councils

London Housing Foundation

The London Housing Foundation is a grant-making charity supporting projects to meet the needs of single homeless men in London. The LHF supports the Andy Ludlow Homelessness awards, run by London Councils for more than a decade to recognise and celebrate innovative projects to tackle homelessness in the capital.

  •  lhf.org.uk
  •  5th Floor, 57a Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BB
  •  Related organisations: Andy Ludlow Awards

London Legacy Development Corporation

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) assumed the powers and assets of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in April 2012 and the planning powers of the Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Olympic Delivery Authority (see also Mayoral Development Corporations)

  •  queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
  •  London Legacy Development Corporation, Level 10, 1 Stratford Place

    Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ
  •  Related organisations: Mayor of London, Mayoral Development Corporations


London Lorry Control Scheme

Run by London Councils, the London Lorry Control Scheme controls the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 18 tonnes maximum gross weight at night and at weekends. The scheme is in place to help minimise noise pollution in residential areas during unsocial hours through restricted use of these roads.


London & Partners

London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London with the goal of  attracting and delivering value to business, students and visitors. It is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners.

  •  londonandpartners.com
  •  London & Partners, 6th Floor, 2 More London Riverside London SE1 2RR
  •  Related organisations: Mayor of London


London Resilience Partnership

The London Resilience Partnership is made up of more than 170 organisations, including: the emergency services, local authorities, health organisations transport companies utility companies the military central government voluntary organisations and business representatives. The partnership works together to assess what risks London faces, and prepare in case of the need to respond to a major emergency as a result. The work of the London Resilience Partnership is supported by the London Resilience Team, based at the GLA.

  •  London Resilience Team, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk

    More London, London SE1 2AA
  •  Related organisations: GLA, London Councils, Boroughs, MOPAC, TfL, Public Health England (London)


London Self Improvement Board

With the scaling back of national inspection regimes, the London Self Improvement Board (SIB) is focused on strengthening the ability of London local government to identify potential opportunities for improvement and to examine the systems, processes and techniques in place within some of the most critical and demanding local services. SIB brings together senior officers from across London local government and works closely with the LGA, relevant professional networks and other relevant bodies.

London Safeguarding Children Board

The London Board provides strategic advice and support to the capital’s 32 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). The London Board is not responsible for individual child protection matters. The London Board is chaired by Cheryl Coppell (Chief Executive, LB Havering), and its membership is made up of representatives from the London boroughs, the police, health, and probation; and London independent, voluntary and community agencies. 

  •  londonscb.gov.uk/
  •  London Safeguarding Children Board, 59½ Southwark Street, London SE1 0AL
  •  Related organisations: London Councils


London Social Care Partnership

The London Social Care Partnership supports the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Branch to shape the future of adult social care in London, providing support to deliver improved quality and value.

  •  Related organisations: London Councils, ADASS

London Summit

The London Summit is the primary event in the London Councils calendar and provides a unique opportunity to network with councillors from across London and key individuals in the public sector. This year's Summit will be held on 22 November 2014 at the City of London’s Guildhall.

London Tribunals

London Tribunals supports the Environment and Traffic Adjudicators and the Road User Charging Adjudicators, which are the independent tribunals which appeal against Penalty Charge Notices issued by the London Local Authorities and Transport for London.

London Tenants Federation

The London Tenants Federation (LTF) is an umbrella organisation bringing together borough-wide and sub-regional federations/organisations of tenants of social housing providers. Until recently its membership was exclusively (and still is predominantly) borough-wide council tenants federations and organisations.

London Ventures

London Ventures is the name of a joint programme delivered by Capital Ambition and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to help councils work with the private sector to make savings and deliver better services.

London Ventures seeks to better understand local service needs in London and match the right private sector partners with local authorities by acting as a broker between the public and the private sectors.

The London Ventures project gives providers and suppliers, across different industries, the opportunity to access London Public Services leadership and the ability to test innovative ideas and concepts with the potential to be rolled out at scale


London Waste and Recycling Board

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is a statutory board established by the GLA Act 2007. LWARB manages an investment fund to improve waste management in the capital focussing on the objectives of: producing less waste; increasing the proportion of waste that is re-used or recycled; the use of collection and disposal methods that are beneficial to London.

LWARB is chaired by the Mayor of London or his representative. As well as the Chair, the membership comprises four councillors and two independent members nominated by London Councils and one independent member appointed by the Mayor.  

  •  lwarb.gov.uk/
  •  London Waste and Recycling Board, 169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL
  •  Related organisations: GLA, London Councils

Mayor of London

London has had a directly elected Mayor since 2000. The Mayor of London has specific powers and duties and a general power to promote economic, social and environmental improvements in London.

The Mayor has a duty to set out plans and policies for London covering transport, planning and development, housing, economic development and regeneration, culture health inequalities and a range of environmental issues including climate change and air quality.

The Mayor has a number of other duties relating to culture and tourism, including responsibility for Trafalgar and Parliament Squares.

The Mayor sets an annual budget for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and for the GLA Group, which includes Transport for London, The Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

  •  london.gov.uk
  •  City Hall, The Queen's Walk London SE1 2AA
  •  Related organisations: GLA, London Assembly, London Health Board, London and Partners, Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, London Councils


Mayoral Development Corporation(s)

The concept of Mayoral Development Corporations (MDCs), which are unique to London, was introduced under the Localism Act 2011. So far the powers have only been used once, to set up the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which assumed the powers and assets of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in April 2012 and the planning powers of the Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the Olympic Delivery Authority. The Localism Act outlines the potential powers that may be devolved to an MDC but allows the Mayor of London flexibility in the amount of authority assigned to any particular MDC. The act did not limit MDCs to the Olympics and the Mayor has the power to pursue this route for other areas requiring large scale co-ordination of investment and planning.

  •  Related organisations: Mayor of London


Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) was established on 16 January 2012. It is led by the Mayor of London and supported (since 1 June 2012) by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC).

The Mayor sets the strategic direction and accountability for policing the capital (excluding the City of London), in consultation with the public and victims of crime, as well as the commitments made in his manifesto. The Mayor achieves this by publishing a Police and Crime Plan. The Mayor is also responsible for the formal oversight of Scotland Yard including budget setting, performance scrutiny and policy development. Operational decision-making on day-to-day policing matters remains the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police.

  •  met.police.uk
  •  City Hall, The Queen's Walk, SE1 2AA
  •  Related organisations: Metropolitan Police, Mayor of London

 Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service employs around 31,000 officers together with about 13,000 police staff and 2,600 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The MPS is also supported by more than 5,100 volunteer police officers in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) and its Employer Supported Policing (ESP) programme. The Metropolitan Police is responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the City of London, which has its own police force.

  •  content.met.police.uk/Home
  •  Metropolitan Police Service New Scotland Yard Broadway London SW1H 0BG
  •  Related organisations: Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

NHS England (London)

NHS England is responsible for the oversight and leadership of the NHS. It is a national body operating through four regions in England, one of which is London. Dr Anne Rainsberry is the London Region Director.  NHS England (London) is responsible for commissioning more than £5 billion of services for the 8.17 million people living in the capital. These include general practitioners (GP) and more than 140 specialised services such as mental health and HIV treatment. NHS England (London) works in partnership with London local authorities, the 32 clinical commissioning groups, health providers, the London Health Board, the London Ambulance Service and Public Health England.

  •  www.england.nhs.uk/london/
  •  4th Floor, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT
  •  Related organisations: London Ambulance Service, London Health Board, Clinical Commissioning Groups

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Pan London School Admissions Board

A pan London admissions system was introduced to co-ordinate the process of allocating secondary school places across the capital in 2005 and the system was extended to include primary schools in 2010. The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the co-ordination scheme. Membership includes representatives of the association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.

  •  Related organisations: London Councils



The probation service works with offenders aged 18 and over who have been either sentenced by the courts to a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order, or released on licence from prison to serve the rest of their sentence in the community. They also prepare pre-sentence reports for judges and magistrates in the courts which help them to choose the most appropriate sentence. In London this has been delivered by the London Probation Trust.

From the 1 June 2014, London Probation Trust will cease to exist. Instead there will be a single public sector National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 new government-run ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ (CRCs). One CRC will deliver in London.  Throughout 2014 providers are bidding to buy CRCs through a national competition process. CRCs will then be transferred over to the winning bidders following the completion of competition.

CRCs will supervise and provide rehabilitation services for low- to medium-risk offenders The National Probation Service will supervise high risk offenders including offenders subject to MAPPA.


Public Health England (London)

Public Health England is a national executive agency of the Department of Health responsible for supporting action, including by local authorities, to improve and protect the public’s health.  It has four regions, of which one is London. Dr Yvonne Doyle is the Regional Director for London.

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Royal Town Planning Institute

The RTPI is the membership organisation for UK planning professionals and lobbies for the development of good planning legislation, policies and practices.

Road User Charging Adjudicators

The Road User Charging Adjudicators comprise an independent tribunal which decides appeals against Congestion Charging penalties and Low Emission Zone penalties in London.

Skills Funding Agency

An executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the SFA funds skills training for further education in England. With a budget of around £4 billion the Skills Funding Agency supports more than 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers.

Society of London Treasurers

The Society of London Treasurers represents the statutory (S151) financial officers from all London authorities.

Sport England

Sport England is the government agency responsible for working with grassroots sport to increase the number of people who play sport regularly.

Thames Water

Thames Water Utilities Ltd, known as Thames Water, is the private utility company responsible for the public water supply and waste water treatment in large parts of Greater London, the Thames Valley and some surrounding counties. It is the UK’s largest water company responsible for a range of water management infrastructure projects, including the Thames Water Ring Main

Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) was created in 2000 as part of the Greater London Authority and took over responsibility for the London Underground in 2003. The Mayor of London chairs the TfL board and appoints its members. The Commissioner of Transport for London reports to the Board and leads a management team with individual functional responsibilities.

A Borough Partnerships Group has an important role to play in defining and developing TfL’s relationship with the boroughs. The group is responsible for managing statutory transport, planning and major consultation between us and the boroughs. It also helps to allocate funding for coordinated transport schemes in the boroughs.

  •  tfl.gov.uk/
  •  Windsor House, London
  •  Related organisations: Mayor of London, London Assembly


Transport and Environment Committee (TEC)

The London Councils Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) oversees the provision of a range of high quality operational services such as parking and traffic appeals, the London night-time and weekend lorry restrictions, the Freedom Pass and Taxicard schemes. TEC, which is a London Councils joint committee, aims to ensure that London boroughs' concerns and best practice are taken fully into account in the development and implementation of the whole range of transport and environment policies generated by government departments, the European Union and the Mayor of London. The Committee deals with a wide array of issues, including, CCTV camera traffic enforcement, waste, air quality, and public protection.


Troubled Families Programme

The Troubled Families Programmes aims to turn around the lives of 120,000 families that have been identified as having multi-faceted problems and causing problems to the community around them, putting high costs on the public sector. For the purposes of the programme, the government currently defines Troubled Families as households which are involved with crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB); have children not in school; have an adult on out of work benefits and that cause high costs to the public purse.  

The government pledged £448 million, drawn from a number of departments, including CLG, Education, Home Office, Justice and Work and Pensions for this Programme. The current funding for the Programme began in April 2012 and runs until March 2015. In Spending Round 2013 the government announced an additional £200 million to help a further 400,000 families over five year beginning in 2015

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Work Programme

The government’s Work Programme was introduced in June 2011 and replaces a number of previous schemes including the New Deal, Employment Zones and Future Jobs Fund. Under the Work Programme the task of helping long-term unemployed people into work is outsourced to a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations on a payment by results system. There are two contract package areas (CPAs) in London. The Prime Providers (or Primes) contracted to provide the Work Programme in London are CDG, Seetec and A4e (CPA east); Ingeus, Maximus and Reed (CPA west)

CPA East: City of London, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest

CPA West: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Young People’s Education and Skills Board

The Young People's Education and Skills (YPES) Board is the lead strategic body for 14-19 education and training services in London. It provides pan-London leadership for 14-19 education and training provision in relation to the current and future needs of learners and employers, supports local authorities in undertaking their statutory functions, and assists other stakeholders in planning, policy and provision.

The YPES works for London's boroughs and exists to guide and support them in developing their local commissioning plans in tune with regional priorities. The YPES Board brings together key stakeholders from across London to help set the region’s priorities to influence and shape the education provision on offer to young people. A small YPES staff resource is based in London Councils to support the work generated by the Board, led by YPES Director, Mary Vine-Morris.

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