London borough council
The boroughs are the principal local authorities in London and are responsible for running most local services in their areas, such as schools, social services, waste collection and roads.
The present London boroughs were created by the London Government Act 1963. Between 1965 and 1986 the London boroughs were part of a two-tier system of government, and shared power with the Greater London Council (GLC). However on 1 April 1986, the GLC was abolished, the London boroughs inherited most of its powers and became in effect unitary authorities (combining both county and borough functions). Since the creation in 2000 of a new Greater London Authority, covering the former GLC area but with more limited powers, the boroughs now have powers intermediate between those of English unitary authorities and non-metropolitan districts within shire counties. The City of London is administered by its own distinct body, the City of London Corporation, which predates the London boroughs.
City of London
The City of London is administered by its own distinct body, the City of London Corporation, which predates the London boroughs.
In addition, the The Common Council of the City of London is separately listed as a Public Authority in Schedule 1, in respect of the work it carries out as a local authority, police authority or port health authority.
Although they are essentially the same public body, and FOI requests are handled by the same team, they are separately listed on WhatDoTheyKnow - the City of London Corporation is a corporate body. The Common Council of the City of London, is a sort of board/committee of the Corporation which is given the legal powers to act as a local authority and in this respect is subject to FOI. In theory, the Corporation could be subject to EIR in its own right.
List of London boroughs on WhatDoTheyKnow
The individual councils can be found below, there is a full list of them here: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/local/london_borough
- Barking and Dagenham
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
- Richmond upon Thames
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
- City of Westminster