London has large and complicated arrangements for local government with many project management requirements and opportunities for employment.
Overall there is the Greater London Authority (GLA) whose headquarters are at City Hall, SE1, on the South Bank near Tower Bridge.
There is a Mayor of London who is not to be confused with the Lord Mayor – of the City of London.
Much of the work is done and services provided by the London Boroughs in Inner and Outer London with 32 boroughs plus the City of London.
Local Government is closely linked with other public bodies such as say with Transport for London (TfL) and Ministry of Transport, with utility companies, with emergency services notably Metropolitan Police, Department for Education for Schools and National Health Service (NHS) for health, medical and wellbeing.
Election constituencies and postal codes do not correspond to local authority boundaries.
In conclusion there used to be a saying that “London is impossible to govern and impossible to leave ungoverned”. That may still be the case. And all project managers know that appropriate project governance is vital.
The 32 London Boroughs
- Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- Tower Hamlets
- City of Westminster
- Barking and Dagenham
- Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
- Richmond upon Thames
- Waltham Forest
Local Government in London can appear to be complicated. For example it is possible for residents and workers of London to be under the influence of the Lord Mayor of London – in the City, the Mayor of London – for Greater London, and a Mayor of a borough who has been internally selected or in some cases elected.