Assembly invokes summons for proof of L&P’s success claims
The London Assembly Economy Committee today took the rare decision to issue a summons notice to London & Partners requesting documents which prove recent claims of its success.
Among the demands, the Assembly wants to see documents setting out how the claims published in the L&P Annual Review 2016/17 were reached. L&P claimed to have added £340 million to London’s economy and supported or created 10,112 jobs in the 2016/17 year.
The documents and files are to be provided no later than two weeks from the date of the summons notice.
Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Economy Committee said:
“A summons is a rare step and shows the extent of our concern over long-standing issues of transparency and value for money at London & Partners.
“This company spends vast amounts of public money, and yet much of what it claims to have done is a mystery.
“We have given L&P every opportunity to provide the information we need to make a proper assessment of its performance. But L&P has consistently and routinely resisted.
“Again, today, L&P showed a marked reluctance to divulge crucial information about what happens to the millions of pounds it receives from the taxpayer. This is despite its acknowledgement that public money is the lifeblood of its operation.
“This money is not free. It comes with strings attached. This summons is a signal for L&P to stop dragging its heels and start showing a serious commitment to openness, accountability and public service.”
Notes to editors
- This is only the third summons of documents under this Mayoralty.
- See the summons being read on our YouTube channel – from timecode 01:40:00
- Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Economy Committee, is available for interview.
- Find out more about the Economy Committee.
- London & Partners is the Mayor’s official promotional agency.
- As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
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