Who we are
London Councils is the London boroughs' representative body, lobbying on their behalf to protect and enhance their resources and powers. We also have a policy development role, and run various direct services, mainly in the transport and voluntary sector fields.
London Councils has several different roles resulting from the merger of five London-wide borough-funded bodies that were not absorbed into the Greater London Authority. Although now one organisation, London Councils still carries out much of the work of the predecessor bodies.
We were known as the Association of London Government until 2006.
We have around 120 staff, most of whom work from 59½ Southwark Street, which, despite its unusual address, is in fact a whole building.
We are funded by subscriptions paid by our member authorities (the 32 boroughs, the City of London and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime). Our work is steered by:
- Our Leaders' Committee (which, as the name implies, is made up of all the leaders of the member boroughs),
- Many of our decisions are taken by our cross-party Executive of 11 most senior members.
- Our Transport and Environment committee make decisions on services in the transport sector
- Our Grants committee make decisions on services in the volunatry sector
What we do
Here's a list of the most important things:
- We provide a single voice for our member authorities
- We lobby for more resources and the best deal for the capital
- We lead the debate on key issues affecting Londoners and the boroughs
- We distribute grants to voluntary groups on behalf of the boroughs
- We administer the Freedom Pass concessionary fares scheme, which provides free travel on buses, tubes and trains for a million elderly and disabled Londoners
- We manage Taxicard, which provides subsidised door-to-door transport in black cabs for people with severe disabilities, and several other transport services
- We provide support to London Tribunals where independent adjudicators consider some appeals against liability for parking and other penalty charges issued by the boroughs.
- We act as the employers' organisation for the London boroughs, providing advice, support and training for members and officers, and representing them in negotiations with the unions