London mayor Sadiq Khan (Lab) has called for new powers for London to match those given to his New York counterpart.
Mr Khan is calling on the government to agree a devolution deal for London, granting the capital more control over skills, training, and health services, national rail, criminal justice, and tax raising powers.
Mr Khan said: “London’s population is the same size as Wales and Scotland combined, but we have far less control over how our capital is run. London needs that control so that we can protect jobs and growth and make London a better city to live in for all Londoners. This will benefit people living in every region of Great Britain – because when London succeeds, Britain succeeds.”
New York’s mayor controls an annual budget of £53bn compared to Mr Khan who has control of £16.3bn, to cover a similar sized population. Education, skills, healthcare and social service systems are controlled by the American city, but not London. The two cities have similar powers over housing, transport and policing.
A number of taxes including personal income, property, alcohol, tobacco and stock transfers are also controlled by New York’s mayor whereas in London Mr Khan only has control of a share of council tax.
In July, Mr Khan reconvened the London Finance Commission, headed up once again by Tony Travers, the professor at the London School of Economics. He has been tasked with bringing forward a new, beefed-up set of devolution proposals that will be presented to ministers.