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CITY WIDE LONDON AUTHORITY UNWORKABLE, SAYS LONDON EXPERT

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A single city-wide London authority is simply unworkable, according to Tony Travers, Greater London Group research ...
A single city-wide London authority is simply unworkable, according to Tony Travers, Greater London Group research director at the London School of Economics.

In a feature on London, Mr Travers acknowledges the emotional and political case for establishing a single authority to run the nation's capital. But he also suggests that grim reality makes the idea unworkable.

It would be impossible to avoid some overlap of responsibilities between councils and a new strategic tier in areas such as transport and planning, for example. Individual councils would be ill prepared to have conflicting policies forced on them. Mr Travers adds that Whitehall is unlikely to welcome the idea of transferring responsibilities from appointed bodies to a new London wide authority and would be even less prepared to hand over control over funding.
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