MD1500 Mayoral Scheme of Delegation

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
12 May 2015
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

The Mayor’s approval is sought for the revised Mayoral Scheme of Delegation for 2015-16. The Scheme is revised annually.



That the Mayor approves the appended Scheme of Delegation.


Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

Scheme of Delegation

1.1       The Mayor’s approval is sought for the revised Mayoral Scheme of Delegation for 2015-16. The Scheme is revised annually.

1.2       The principal changes made are listed below. The revised Scheme comes into force on 1 June 2015.

Giving of Mayoral consents

Text has been included at paragraph 1.5 on page 4 to clarify that the giving of Mayoral consent under any statutory requirement (e.g. provision of financial assistance by MDCs) or such as may be required by a Mayoral direction (e.g. under the LLDC Governance Direction) explicitly falls under the Mayoral Scheme of Delegation and can be provided by staff listed in Annex 2 under the General Delegation. 

GLRO functions

It has been explicitly recognised that the GLRO’s functions should be exercised on an independent and impartial basis and free from political interference (see paragraphs 2.2, 2.4 and 5.22 on pages 5, 6 and 20 respectively).

Approval of Affordable Housing Programme budget

The text in paragraph 5.9 on page 13 explains how the Affordable Housing Programme is approved and is treated as Routine Expenditure. It has been amended to reflect current practice, where a Programme-level MD is signed by the Mayor and updates on additional allocations are published quarterly.

Routine Land and Property Transactions

“Routine Land and Property Transactions” are to be regarded as Routine Expenditure, so that once the GLA Budget is approved by the Mayor no further decision form (MD, DD etc) is required and the normal record keeping requirement applies (see paragraph 5.12 on page 15).

Mayoral appointments

The appointment to a position created under section 30 that is remunerated is to be approved by MD, rather than by letter, to reflect the commitment given to the GLA’s external auditors following questions from the Assembly on the nature of such appointments (see table 4 on page 23).

Equality comments

There are no specific equality issues arising.


Financial comments

The Scheme sets out certain financial thresholds for decision-making purposes.


Investment and Performance Board

This decision falls outside the terms of reference for the Investment & Performance Board.


Appendices and supporting papers



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