Mayor of London

Good practice in London

The Deputy Mayor for London is seeking short case studies demonstrating good practice in London’s health and care system.  A number of good practice case studies will be included in the London Mayoral response to the publication of the London Health Commission.

London arts spend defended

Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture, has appeared before the House of Commons select committee for Culture, Media and Sport to give evidence about the distribution of arts funding in London relative to the rest of England. She described the ways the Mayor’s £14m culture budget is spent and defended the proportion of Arts Council funds spent in London.

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Mayor’s revised arts strategy

The office of the Mayor of London has produced a revised cultural strategy designed to “maintain London’s position as a world city for culture”. The report acknowledges the barriers many people experience to engaging with the arts and focuses on transport and planning as ways to help improve access to the arts.

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Documenting London’s hidden gems

The Mayor of London has launched an online competition to find the most creative and quirky images to show hidden parts of London. People are invited to post photographs of their favouriet parts of the city and post the images using the hashtag #CelebrateLDN on one of City Hall’s new social media channels.  Four winners will be chosen by public vote and their photos will become the official background image on one of the Mayor of London’s new Twitter channels and feature on the Mayor of London’s Instagram account throughout the summer.

Amending the London plan – 15 March 2014

A consultation event is being mounted to allow community organisations to contribute to the strategic vision for London. The Greater London Authority is currently consulting on a series of amendments to the London Plan – with the deadline for comments on 10th April 2014. The plan is the key overall strategic plan for the London, including the Mayor’s responsibilities to health and culture. On Saturday 15th March Just Space is hosting a full-day event with community speakers and topic based workshops.

London’s independent Health Commission

The Mayor of London has established a new independent London Health Commission to come up with innovative ways to meet the city’s health and healthcare needs. The Commission, chaired by Lord Ara Darzi, is looking at four specific themes. These are: improving the quality and integration of care; enabling high quality and integrated care delivery; healthy lives and reducing inequalities; health economy, research and education.

Governing London

Following the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, the capital’s local government leaders “reiterated their commitment to a closer and strengthened partnership for the next four years”.

London Councils has published a plan - Governing London Towards 2016 - setting out how the Mayor and local councils can be a united voice speaking up for London.

London's health priorities

Saving more Londoners’ lives through the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer and tackling childhood obesity are among the key priorities identified by the new London Health Improvement Board. The board, which is chaired by the Mayor and includes representatives from the capital’s 33 local authorities and NHS London, has been set up to take a strategic pan-London approach to tackling some the biggest health problems in the capital.

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