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The Greater London Authority (GLA)

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The Greater London Authority (GLA)
United Kingdom

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a top-tier administrative body responsible for the strategic administration of Greater London. It was created in 1999 and consists of a directly elected Mayor to represent London's interests and 25 members London Assembly with scrutiny powers, both elected on a four-yearly cycle. The GLA represents a strategic regional authority, with powers encompassing a range of policy areas, such as transport, economic development, and fire and emergency planning.


The Mayor is responsible for making London a better place for everyone who visits, lives or works in the city. Also, the Mayor lays out an overall vision for London and creates plans and policies to achieve it.

The GLA group consists of the following organisations:

  • Transport for London (TfL): responsible for London’s transport;
  • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC): oversees the work of the Metropolitan Police Service;
  • Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC): managing the development of a new community in west London, the UK's largest regeneration project;
  • London’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA): runs the London Fire Brigade;
  • London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC): responsible for managing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park;
  • London & Partners: the official promotional company for London;

As determined by the GLA Act, the Mayor must publish seven ‘statutory’ London strategies. These are strategies for the Environment, Spatial Development (the London Plan), Transport, Economic Development, Housing, Culture, Health Inequalities.
Business planning at the Greater London Authority is linked to the annual budget setting process and culminates in a plan for the financial year and beyond. The plan sets out GLA’s priorities, implementation details and measures used to monitor progress.