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Date updated: 21/03/2024

Our mission

"The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK."

About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation looks after the City of London (‘the City’ or ‘Square Mile’) on behalf of all who live, study, work, and visit; providing modern, efficient, and high-quality local services and policing for all.

We have a long history, a unique constitution, our own Lord Mayor, and a dedicated police service keeping the City safe.

Our independent and non-partisan political voice and convening power enables us to promote the interests of people and organisations across London and the UK, and play a valued role on the world stage.

We aim to support London’s communities through responsible business, charitable giving, improving the capital’s air quality, providing education and skills for young people, and delivering affordable housing across London.

We protect and conserve 19 major green spaces in London and South East England – including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest – and approximately 180 smaller ones in the Square Mile. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation.

We are the port health authority for London, the largest port health authority in the UK. We protect public health by preventing infectious disease, ensuring water quality, making vessel inspections, and enforcing environmental controls.

The City Corporation provides local government services for our 8,600 residents (Census 2021) and 614,500 City workers (Office for National Statistics 2022) based in the Square Mile. To be truly representative of its population, businesses and other organisations registered in the Square Mile are entitled to nominate voters to City elections so that, alongside registered residents, they can have a say on the way the City Corporation is run.