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London Councils agrees aspirations to improve Londoners’ lives

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners set out aspirations that London boroughs have agreed to work together on to improve the lives of all Londoners over the next three years.

The Pledges to Londoners have been agreed by London Councils’ Leaders’ Committee, made up of the Leaders and Directly Elected Mayors of London’s boroughs.

The Pledges focus on the issues that matter most to Londoners – building more homes, combatting knife crime, arguing for a sustainable financial settlement for local services, improving air quality, investing in preventative services and working effectively with business to boost the economic prosperity of local communities.

This is the first time London Councils, the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation have signed up to a series of shared pan-London priorities, which they aim to make progress on over the next three years.

Cllr Peter John OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:

“Our Pledges to Londoners reflect London boroughs’ ambitions to meet the challenges of the 21st century to improve the lives of Londoners and make our city a great place to live, work and do business.

“The Pledges also show that we recognise boroughs have many shared values and priorities, which is why collaboration is key to dealing with some of the thorniest issues facing London.

“Over the next three years we are determined to honour these Pledges by making progress on the issues that matter most to our residents, such as building more homes, protecting young people from knife crime and working better with businesses.”

Visit www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/pledges to find out more about the Pledges to Londoners.

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Notes to editors:

All boroughs have set their own priorities based on the priorities of their elected political leadership, in consultation with their local communities and businesses and aligned with their legal duties determined by Parliament. London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners brings together the priorities of the 32 boroughs and the City of London but does not supersede them – decisions on borough priorities remain with the local borough electorate.

The London boroughs have a long history of collaborative working to deliver better services to London’s residents and businesses. Since the borough elections in May 2018, boroughs have been developing a set of Pledges to Londoners which aim to build on their collaborative work in areas that matter most to Londoners. This is the first time the boroughs have set out their joint ambitions in this way.