Definition of the Greater London Authority from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Greater London Authority

(abbreviation the GLA)
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the local authority that is responsible for Greater London. It is made up of an elected Mayor of London, the separately elected London Assembly, and about 500 staff to help the Mayor and Assembly in their duties. From 1983 to 2000 there was no single authority responsible for London; each borough was responsible for itself. In 2000 the GLA was created to fulfil the needs of London as a whole and to work with the boroughs in areas such as transport, planning, economic development, the environment, police, fire and emergency services, culture and health. see also GLC