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Government to give Mayor of London more powers

The Government is considering giving the Mayor of London more control of specific functions such as waste management according to proposals issued today.

In the consultation released by the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, ministers have indicated that where a convincing case can be made that change would improve the planning and delivery of services currently carried out by boroughs, they would consider granting the Mayor more power.

Minister for London Jim Fitzpatrick said: “This consultation gives Londoners, and anyone with an interest in London, an opportunity to have their say on the proposals. We are keeping an open mind on the extent of any additional powers, but where we have a firm view we say so. We shall carefully consider the views we receive before deciding the additional powers and responsibilities the Greater London Authority (GLA) will take on.”

In response to the issue of waste raised by the consultation Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: “It is equally clear that fundamental change is required in the way we deal with waste…unless London gets its act together, it will cost us up to £2.5 billion in fines over the next fifteen years.

“For these reasons a new waste authority for London combined with enhanced planning powers are essential to securing London’s status as a sustainable city.”

The consultation will close on February 22, and ministers will agree on a final package of proposals next Spring.

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