MD2259 Publication of Culture for all Londoners

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
15 March 2018
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

The Mayor generally, and on receipt of proposed revisions from the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board (“MCLB”) has a statutory duty to prepare and consult on his Culture Strategy. A key part of preparing, consulting and reviewing the Culture Strategy is to undertake an Integrated Impact Assessment to help policy makers think through the possible impacts on public health, community safety and on those persons with characteristics protected by equality legislation (Equality Act 2010). This MD (Mayoral Decision) seeks approval to publish the culture section (called “Culture for all Londoners”) of the Mayor’s draft Culture Strategy and notes the Integrated Impact Assessment for public consultation.


That the Mayor approves:

•    publication of ”Culture for all Londoners”, and the associated Integrated Impact Assessment, for a three-month consultation period.  
•    expenditure of £30,000 from the 2018/19 culture strategy budget for the delivery of consultation activities and research for the final publication of the Culture Strategy in autumn 2018.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1.    Pursuant to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (“the GLA Act 1999”), the Culture Strategy Group for London (known as the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board (“MCLB”)) is required to keep the culture strategy under review and may submit proposed revisions of it to the Mayor, following a consultation with designated competent bodies. 
1.2.    The Mayor has received proposed revisions on the culture section of the culture strategy from the MCLB (see letter at appendix A), and further to the Mayor’s amendments, this Mayoral Decision seeks his approval to publish for public consultation a document entitled “Culture for all Londoners” which forms part of the of the Mayor’s Culture Strategy. It also records his noting of the Integrated Impact Assessment for public consultation.  Consultation will take place between 23th March and 19th June 2018.

1.3.    An earlier MD (MD2129) provided approval for expenditure of £121,000 to support research, development, consultation and delivery of the strategy.

1.4.    The GLA Act 1999 outlines a single strategy covering policies related to culture, media and sport (section 376 (1)). Over the past 10 years, and in particular since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the culture section and sports section of the strategy have been developed and published separately from each other. Together, these elements constitute the statutory strategy. This Mayoral Decision refers solely to the proposed policies in relation to culture and to the document Culture for all Londoners.

1.5.    Further changes to the design and appearance of the draft document Culture for all Londoners will be approved by the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries. 

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    Culture for All Londoners sets out the Mayor’s vision for culture in the capital, and how that can be realised. It is a call to action to everyone with a stake in the future of London’s creative industries and cultural offer. 

2.2    The Culture Strategy is being developed alongside the following strategies;
•    London Environment Strategy
•    London Plan 
•    Mayor’s Transport Strategy
•    Housing Strategy
•    Economic Development Strategy
•    Health Inequalities Strategy
•    Diversity and Inclusion Vision
•    Social Integration Strategy 

2.3    As part of the preparation of Culture for all Londoners, an Impact Assessment has been undertaken to review cultural policy options and assess the impact of proposed policies. The Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) combines these assessments and enables all of the Mayoral strategies to work from the same baseline information. The IIA incorporates a community safety impact assessment (CSIA), equality impact assessment (EqIA) and health inequality impact assessment (HIA) and due regard to sustainable development. The IIA report will be published alongside Culture for all Londoners for consultation.

Equality comments

3.1.    In preparing and publishing his strategies the Mayor must comply with the public sector equality duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires the Mayor to have ‘due regard’ to the need to (i) eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation; (ii) advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not; and (iii) foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

3.2.    Protected characteristics under section 149 of the Equality Act are age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and marriage or civil partnership status (all except the last being ‘relevant’ protected characteristics). The duty may involve, in particular, removing or minimising any disadvantage suffered by those who have a relevant protected characteristic, taking steps to meet the needs of such people, and encouraging them to participate in public life or in any other activity where their participation is disproportionately low, including tackling prejudice and promoting understanding. Compliance with the Act may involve treating people with a protected characteristic more favourably than those without the characteristic.

3.3.    The lIA, which assesses the likely equalities impact of Culture for all Londoners, will be reviewed as appropriate in the light of the responses to the consultation before the final draft strategy is submitted for approval following consultation.

Other considerations

4.1    A key risk is that Culture for all Londoners does not address the needs of the cultural and creative industries in London, or the needs of Londoners in accessing and creating culture. Consultation on the draft will help identify those areas that need clarification or detail ahead of final publication. 

4.2    Links to other Mayoral strategies set out in section 2 above. 

4.3    The Integrated Impact assessment is attached at Appendix B.  In addition, the Mayor in preparing or revising this strategy must have regard to:

(a)    the principal purposes of the Authority (promoting economic development and wealth creation, social development and improvement of the environment in Greater London); 

Addressed across all priority chapters; Love London, Culture and Good Growth, Creative Londoner and World City

(b)    the effect which the proposed strategy or revision would have on:

(i)    the health of persons in Greater London; 

Addressed in chapters Love London and Culture and Good Growth

(ii)    health inequalities between persons living in Greater London; 

Addressed in chapter; Love London and Creative Londoner

(iii)    the achievement of sustainable development in the United Kingdom; 

Address in chapter; Culture and Good Growth and World City 

(iv)    climate change, and the consequences of climate change. 

Addressed in chapter; Culture and Good Growth

4.4     The Mayor must also have regard to: 

(a)    the need to ensure that the strategy is consistent with national policies, with the EU obligations of the United Kingdom and with such other international obligations of the United Kingdom as the Secretary of State may notify to the Mayor for the purposes of this paragraph; 

The Secretary of State has not notified the Mayor of any such polices. 

(b)    the need to ensure that the strategy is consistent with other Mayoral strategies; 

Set out in chapter; Context and Scope of the Strategy 

(c)    the resources available for implementation of the strategy; and 

Addressed through GLA budgetary process

(d)    the desirability of promoting and encouraging the use of the River Thames safely, in particular for the provision of passenger transport services and for the transportation of freight”. 

Addressed in chapter; Culture and Good Growth 

Financial comments

5.1     Approval is being sought for the expenditure of up to £30,000 for the Culture Strategy The breakdown of which is as follows:



Consultation Activities




Publication of final strategy




 5.2       The proposed expenditure will be funded from the 2018/19 Culture and Creative Industries Unit budget and subsequently managed within the same unit.

Planned delivery approach and next steps



Draft Culture Strategy published

23rd March 2018

End of consultation period

19nd June 2018 

Final Culture Strategy published

Autumn 2018


Appendices and supporting papers

Appendix A        Letter from the MCLB to the Mayor of London
Appendix B     Consultation draft Culture Strategy – Culture for all Londoners 
Appendix C        The Integrated Impact Assessment