As I predicted over the weekend, Boris Johnson has today announced plans to streamline the Greater London Authority - these include (1) devolving the London bit of the Homes & Communities Agency to the GLA, (2) folding the functions of the London Development Agency into the GLA, as well as (3) the Government's decision to dismantle the Government Office for London, with immediate effect.
The resulting new housing and regeneration body for London will be an executive arm of the GLA. The LDA will no longer exist as a separate body, but its functions will continue.
Here are his Proposals for Devolution in full - including additional powers for the Mayor over the awarding of rail franchises, and a bigger say for the boroughs over skills and housing. All these plans first need to be formally approved by the Govt, and legislation introduced, before they go live.
Interesting that London is moving ahead quickly on all this - no doubt due to prior joint planning between Johnson and Cameron-Clegg-Pickles, etc.
Meanwhile, things are much less certain in other major cities outside London. Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, etc, will now be looking for similar clarity on the future of their RDA, HCA, Govt Office.