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London Councils

London Councils
Predecessor Association of London Authorities
London Boroughs Association
From 1 April 2000:
London Boroughs Grants Committee
Greater London Employers Association
London Housing Unit
Transport Committee for London
Formation 1995
Purpose Cross-party organisation representing 32 London borough councils and the City of London. Develop policy and provide London-wide services.
Headquarters 59½ Southwark Street
Region served
Jules Pipe, Labour Party (UK)
Formerly called
Association of London Government (ALG)
London Councils main offices at 59½ Southwark Street, London Borough of Southwark.

London Councils is the Southwark Street.


  • History 1
  • Membership 2
    • Executive and lead members 2.1
    • Group whips 2.2
  • Purpose 3
    • Lobbying 3.1
    • Service provision 3.2
  • Leadership 4
    • Chairman 4.1
    • Leaders' Committee 4.2
    • Other committees 4.3
  • Capital Ambition 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Association of London Government (ALG) came out of a merger between the London Boroughs Association and the Association of London Authorities in 1995. The ALA consisted of many, mainly Labour, councils which had left the LBA in the 1980s.

To coincide with the creation of the Greater London Authority, the ALG merged with the London Boroughs Grants Committee, the Greater London Employers Association, the London Housing Unit and the Transport Committee for London on 1 April 2000.

In October 2006 it changed its name from the Association of London Government to London Councils in order to avoid confusion with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Local Government Association (LGA).


The membership of London Councils comprises the 32 London borough councils, the City of London Corporation, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.[1]

The GLA was a member of the ALG for a period, before Mayor Ken Livingstone fell out with leading councillors and withdrew. The two organisations coordinate their work.

Executive and lead members

Member Party Borough
Mayor Jules Pipe (Chair) Labour Hackney
Cllr Claire Kober (Deputy Chair) Labour Haringey
Cllr Teresa O'Neill (Vice Chair) Conservative Bexley
Cllr Peter John Labour Southwark
Mark Boleat (Vice-Chair) Independent City of London
Cllr Lib Peck Labour Lambeth
Cllr Ruth Dombey Liberal Democrats Sutton
Cllr Philippa Roe Conservative Westminster
Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE Conservative Hillingdon
Mayor Sir Steve Bullock Labour Lewisham
Cllr Julian Bell Labour Ealing
Cllr Muhammed Butt (Lead member for equalities) Labour Brent

Group whips



London Councils fights for more resources for London and is committed to getting the best possible deal for London's 33 councils. It also develops policy, lobbies government and others, and runs a range of direct services designed to make life better for Londoners. London Councils represents London local government to national government, European institutions, business and other bodies, lobbying for investment and funding.

Service provision

The direct services it provides on behalf of the boroughs, include the Freedom Pass providing more than a 1.2 million older, disabled and blind people free travel on London’s buses, tubes and trains, and the Parking and Traffic Appeals (PATAS) service, the Taxicard and Lorry Control schemes, London Care Placements and NOTIFY - the service that helps homeless families access services. The grants committee provides funding for many local groups who work across London boroughs on issues such as employment, domestic violence, poverty and advocacy and also distributes European Social Fund grants.



The Chairman of London Councils is Mayor Jules Pipe CBE of the Hackney London Borough Council, since the Labour Party regained control in 2010.

Previous chairmen were:

Leaders' Committee

London Councils is run by a committee made up of all the leaders of London's borough councils and meet each month (except August) to discuss and agree policy issues of importance to Londoners and their councils. The committee is supported by a cross-party executive of eleven senior members which acts as a forum for detailed policy development. Each member of the executive holds a specific policy area portfolio. Politically, the Executive comprises councillors in proportion to the party representation on London councils.

Other committees

  • London Boroughs Grants Committee (from 1 April 2000)
  • Transport and Environment Committee (from 1 April 2000) took over Freedom Pass from Transport Committee for London.[2]
  • London Housing Unit Committee (from 1 April 2000 until 31 March 2008) was a "sectoral joint committee" and not all London borough councils were members.

Capital Ambition

In 2008, a new directorate of London Councils was formed: Capital Ambition. This was formed from the merger of the previous London Centre of Excellence, London Connects and London's regional improvement and efficiency partnership, Capital Ambition. Over the three-year period (2008–11), Capital Ambition provided funding for projects run by London's authorities and local strategic partnerships that were designed to deliver efficiencies, improve performance and support innovative ways of working. Capital Ambition is now closed to new applications for funding although funding for some existing projects will continue until 2015.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "New name, new leader, new role for Transport Committee for London". 23 June 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 

External links

  • London Councils
  • Capital Ambition
  • Freedom Pass
  • Taxicard
  • London Care Placements
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