About us

London Councils is the collective of Local Government in London.

Where shared ambitions are developed, agreed, championed, and delivered at London Councils by members working together. Where boroughs speak as one and collaborate with the government, the Mayor of London, the London public sector, the third sector, business, and other key UK and international cities.

What we do

London Councils makes the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that our member authorities have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.

London Councils runs a number of direct services for member authorities including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge. It also runs an independent parking appeals service and a pan-London grants programme for voluntary organisations.

London Councils acts as a catalyst for effective sharing among boroughs – be that ideas, good practice, people, resources, or policies and new approaches.

The strategic direction of London Councils is set by the Leaders' Committee. Meeting eight times a year, our Leaders’ Committee comprises the Leaders of all of London’s local authorities. There is also a cross-party Executive Committee which guides the organisation’s day-to-day work.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime are also members.

Adding value for London’s boroughs

London Councils acts as host for a number of bodies which add value to the work of our member authorities by helping them co-ordinate their work with pan-London organisations. These include:

Advancing London local government

London Councils acts as a focal point for representing borough interests – informed by the political and professional networks that we run with government, the Mayor, the wider GLA and London’s public services.

To ensure our member authorities influence the decisions made at pan-London level which impact on them and the communities they serve, London Councils has developed a series of shared governance arrangements with the Mayor, TfL, Metropolitan Police, health and other partners (including London business organisations). London Councils nominates – on a cross party basis – members to serve in such shared governance arrangements, including:

Some of these have statutory underpinning. The overall progress of these is monitored jointly by the Mayor and borough leaders.

More recently, London Councils has been actively engaged with the Mayor of London’s London Finance Commission. This included making the case for why greater fiscal devolution should be accompanied by wider devolution to boroughs and groups of boroughs to help drive economic growth. The work has also led to the agreement of a set of principles for the effective shared governance of further devolution.

In addition, London Councils ensures that the London local government perspective is part of policy development at national level by, for example, organising a full set of ministerial meetings and senior official discussions, and also by promoting ideas and policies at each of the party conferences. Read more about the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London