Boris pushing for greater devolved powers for London

Mayor working with councils on list of demands for London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson may have less than a year left at City Hall, but he is not resting on his laurels yet.

The mayor is pushing for greater devolved powers for London that would hand greater power to the mayor’s office and London councils.

Johnson is seeking extra powers over skills, criminal justice, transport and housing.

The move comes after several cities and regions have gained greater autonomy. Machester gained a tranche of powers as part of George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” scheme, and a new raft of powers is being drawn up for Cornwall, the FT reports.

In collaboration with London’s councils, Johnson will draw up a list of demands for new powers for London.

Jules Pipe, the mayor of Hackney and chair of the London Councils, said there was “a real risk of London falling behind even Cornwall,” according to the FT.

Johnson said more devolution “would reduce London’s dependence on deals with Whitehall and provide the stability of funding that would incentivise investment and economic growth around the entire country”.

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