Economy Committee

The Economy Committee scrutinises the work of the Mayor relating to economic development, wealth creation, social development, culture, sport and tourism in London, including the Mayor’s role as chair of the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). 

Current investigations

Mayor's draft cultural strategy
A central part of the Mayor’s draft cultural strategy is his ambition to create an annual London Borough of culture. He launched a programme encouraging London boroughs to submit their bids, with the application deadline of 1 December. The Economy Committee recently visited Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, which gave members an opportunity to learn about how the programme was organised, what has and hasn't worked well and lessons learned, with a view to contributing to discussion on the Mayor’s draft Culture Strategy due to be published in early 2018.

Night time economy report

Video: Short changed

Recent work

Watch previous Committee meetings.

Wrote to the Education Secretary about the provision of 30 hours of free childcare in London.

Compiled a response to the Mayor's draft Economic Development Strategy and his vision to create a fairer, more inclusive economy. 

Produced a report on London's night time economy and how it should be diversified so that it is accessible to all.

Published a report on the financial health of Londoners and what the Mayor can do to help Londoners access money. 

Released a short report on workspace in London and how the Mayor can help SMEs thrive in the capital.

Published a report on the fate of local news in London and how it should be protected by the Mayor of London.

Committee meetings

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Feedback and news coverage

What was said

In response to 'Short changed: the financial health of Londoners, Sian Williams, Director of Financial Health, Toynbee Hall, said:

"Short Changed is a timely and important report for Londoners, and we’re pleased to have been able to contribute to it, drawing on the insights and experiences of the people we work with. We see every day the challenges that families in the capital have making ends meet. The wide ranging recommendations in the report could make a significant difference to them and to many other Londoners."

In response to ‘A Mayoral Manifesto for the Digital Economy’, John McLaren-Stewart, Managing Director, AT&A Insurance Brokers and Tech London Advocate said:

"This a pretty cool bit of work. It cuts through the waffle, is erudite and gets straight to the point with a clear delivery. It could of course be replicated for the UK as a whole..."

In the news

Loss of local UK newspapers 'undermining democracy' - Financial Times

Brexit wish list created by London Assembly to to protect capital's financial sector - The Wharf

The case for a more independent, post-Brexit London is gaining strength - The Guardian

Government told to 'get a grip' of Brexit at London Assembly meeting - The Wharf

Londoners do not have to take low pay and insecure jobs as a given - The Guardian

Contact the Economy Committee

If you have a media enquiry relating to the Economy Committee please contact:                

Communications Officer - Media
Lisa Lam[email protected]
020 7983 4067

If you have a query about this Committee and its work please contact:

Scrutiny Manager
Carmen Musonda, [email protected], 0207 983 4351

Committee Officer - Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

If you have a query about the Mayor's economic policy please call 020 7983 4100.