The role of the Mayor of London

The Mayor of London sets the budget and is responsible for making London a better place for everyone who visits, lives or works in the city. The Mayor is elected every four years. 

Changing London for the better

The Mayor wants London to be a ’city for all Londoners'.

His work includes:

  • making it easier for people to move in and around the city
  • improving London’s environment
  • helping the capital’s businesses to thrive
  • providing Londoners with more affordable housing
  • giving young people in London more opportunities

Setting the vision for London

The Mayor sets an overall vision for London. He has a duty to create plans and policies for the capital covering:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business & Economy
  • Environment
  • Fire
  • Health
  • Housing and Land
  • Planning
  • Policing & Crime
  • Regeneration
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Young People

Other priorities for the Mayor include higher education, foreign Investment and attracting events and conferences to London.

Find out more about each of these priorities at our priorities page.

Setting budgets to realise his vision

The Mayor’s £17bn annual budget supports investment in public transport, fire services and policing as well as the work of City Hall.

It is financed from a mixture of central government grants, transport fares and other charges, business rates and council tax.

Working in partnership to improve the capital

In line with his commitment to do all he can to improve London, the Mayor invests in and works with many different people and organisations to achieve this aim.

Championing London and Londoners

The Mayor is also the elected voice of the capital and champions London and Londoners at home and abroad.

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