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London Councils
PredecessorAssociation 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
PurposeCross-party organisation representing 32 London borough councils and the City of London. Develop policy and provide London-wide services.
Headquarters59½ Southwark Street
Region served
Georgia Gould, Labour Party
Formerly called
Association of London Government (ALG)
London Councils main offices at 59½ Southwark Street, London Borough of Southwark.

London Councils is the collective of local government in Greater London, England. It is a cross-party organisation that represents London's 32 borough councils and the City of London. It was formed in 1995 as a merger of the London Boroughs Association and the Association of London Authorities. In April 2000 it gained further functions as strategic local government in London was reorganised. London Councils is a think tank and lobbying organisation, and also provides some services directly through legislation that allows multiple local authorities to pool responsibility and funding, such as Freedom Pass. London Councils is based at 59½ Southwark Street. It is due to move to 12 Arthur Street in the City of London in 2024.


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 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.[citation needed] The two organisations co-ordinate their work.

Executive and lead members

The members of the Executive Committee of London Councils is as follows:[2]

Member Party Borough
Cllr Georgia Gould (Chair) Labour Camden
Cllr Claire Holland (Deputy Chair) Labour Lambeth
Cllr Nesil Caliskan (Acting Deputy Chair) Labour Enfield
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell (Vice Chair) Conservative Kensington and Chelsea
Cllr Gareth Roberts (Vice Chair) Liberal Democrat Richmond upon Thames
Deputy Chris Hayward (Vice Chair) Independent City of London
Cllr Darren Rodwell Labour Barking and Degenham
Mayor Jason Perry Conservative Croydon
Cllr Ian Edwards Conservative Hillingdon
Cllr Jas Athwal Labour Redbridge
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE Labour Newham
Cllr Kieron Williams Labour Southwark

Group whips


London Councils is the collective of London local government, the 32 boroughs and the City of London Corporation. They come together through London Councils to work in collaboration to deliver their shared ambitions for London and Londoners. A Cross-party organisation, London Councils shared ambitions are agreed by the Leaders' Committee, comprising the leaders and directly elected mayors of the boroughs, and the Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation.

It supports collaboration between boroughs as well as working as a trusted partner with central government, the Mayor of London, the voluntary and business sectors, and public sector partners such as the NHS, to achieve a better future for London and Londoners.

Its services include the Freedom Pass, Taxicard, Health Emergency Badge and a grants programme for voluntary sector organisations in London on behalf of our members and supports London Tribunals.



The current Chair of London Councils is Cllr Georgia Gould, Labour leader of Camden London Borough Council, who replaced Peter John OBE in September 2020.

Previous chairs 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 twelve 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 Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI)

The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) was established in July 2019 in recognition of the fact that collaboration is vital for enabling boroughs to use digital, data and innovation effectively to improve the lives of their residents.

Originally formed of 15 boroughs, LOTI's record of delivery has led to its membership growing to include 27 boroughs, the Greater London Authority and London Councils. Today, it connects more than 1,000 local government colleagues online and in person, helping them to share knowledge, build capacity, run projects and influence change together.

The LOTI community is supported by a team hosted at London Councils. Its operations are funded by through an annual subscription from borough councils and grants from the GLA, London Councils and other partners.

In order to represent the best interests of its members, LOTI is technology and supplier agnostic. It does not favour or endorse the products and services of any one company. Nor does it procure technology on behalf of London boroughs. Its purpose is to help ensure local government staff are good, informed and demanding customers of the best innovation the market can provide. Specifically, LOTI helps boroughs to:

See also


  1. ^ "About us | London Councils".
  2. ^ "Executive members of London Councils". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ Bunn, Jon (5 June 2018). "Southwark leader elected London Councils chair". Local Government Chronicle. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ Porter, Toby (6 June 2018). "Southwark leader becomes chairman of London boroughs". South London News. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ "New name, new leader, new role for Transport Committee for London". 23 June 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2014.