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How the Greater London Authority (GLA) works

The Greater London Authority is a new and unique form of strategic regional government for London. It is made up of the directly elected Mayor of London and a separately elected Assembly.

The Mayor of London

Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London on 4 May 2000. His aim is that London should be a leading world city, in terms of sustainability, prosperity and diversity. To make this happen, the Mayor has set as his priorities to rebuild London\'s failing transport system, to ensure that London has the number and quality of police officers it needs to reduce crime and the fear of crime throughout Greater London, and to celebrate London\'s diversity through all aspects of the city\'s culture.

What can the Mayor do?

The Mayor has a range of specific powers and duties, and a general power to do anything that will promote economic and social development, and environmental improvement, in London. Before using many of his powers the Mayor must consult with Londoners, and in all cases, the Mayor must promote equality of opportunity.

What does the Mayor do?

• The Mayor sets out plans and policies for London covering transport, buildings and land use, economic development and regeneration, culture, and a range of environmental issues including biodiversity, ambient noise, waste disposal and air quality.

• Represents and promotes London at home and abroad and speaks up for Londoners.

• Exercises the executive functions of the GLA\'s London\'s regional government

• Sets the GLA budget and the budget for transport for London, and is able to direct their activities

• Makes appointments to the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority

What responsibilities does the GLA have?

The GLA\'s main areas of responsibility are:

• Transport - Transport for London, TfL, who provide buses, river services and...

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