The WLA is a partnership of six West London councils - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.
The WLA was established in 1998 as the sub-regional partnership for West London. Since then the partnership has been working together aiming to:
- Provide improved and more resilient services, focussed on and responding to the needs of residents, businesses and other service users;
- Achieve better value for money and realise financial savings; and
- Enhance the social, economic and environmental position of West London.
From 2006 the councils have been working collaboratively to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of services and together they now work on six major improvement and efficiency programmes:
- Adult Services Efficiency & Improvement Programme
- Children’s Services Efficiency & Improvement Programme
- West London Passenger Transport Programme
- West London Property & Asset Management Programme and
- West London Procurement Board & Hub
- West London Housing Partnership
Some programmes also involve other councils in London (Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council) who chose to work in partnerships with the WLA councils.
By working together to improve their purchasing of services and supplies, create new joint initiatives, share best practice and develop shared tools, the WLA councils and their partners aim to achieve cost savings of £57million by 2017. The WLA councils have been supported in the delivery of their programmes by grant aid from Capital Ambition, London’s Improvement and Efficiency partnership.