Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
|Borough of Barrow-in-Furness|
|Non-metropolitan district, Borough|
Shown within Cumbria
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Admin. HQ||Barrow Town Hall,
|• Type||Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Alternative - Sec.31|
|• MPs:||John Woodcock|
|• Total||30.10 sq mi (77.96 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 301st|
|• Density||2,300/sq mi (890/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||16UC (ONS)
|Ethnicity||95.9%% White British
1.9% White Other
0.8% South Asian
0.7% Mixed Race
Barrow-in-Furness is a local government district with borough status in Cumbria, England. It is named after its main town, Barrow-in-Furness. Other settlements include Dalton-in-Furness, Roose and Askam-in-Furness. It is the smallest borough in the county, but is the most densely populated, with 924 people per square kilometre. The population was 71,980 in 2001.
The area covered by the district is at the edge of the Furness peninsula. It jolts into the Irish Sea, being north of Morecambe Bay and south of the Duddon Estuary. The current borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the former county borough of Barrow-in-Furness and the Dalton-in-Furness urban district from the administrative county of Lancashire.
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council sits at the Town Hall in Barrow. It is led by a mayor, who is elected by council members. In 2006, the Council was fined £125,000 for violation of health and safety laws that led to the deaths of seven people in the United Kingdom's worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.[clarification needed] The council also became the UK's first public body to be charged with corporate manslaughter, but was found not guilty.
Following boundary changes in 2008, the council is composed of 36 seats, elected across 13 wards. From 2011 the council has switched from the previous system of elections occurring over a four year cycle, with a third of seats elected each year and one 'fallow' year, to one where full council elections occur every four years.
Since its inception in 1973, the council has often been under Labour control, most recently from the 2011 election, but with three years of Conservative control (1976–1979) and ten years of no overall control (most recently from 2006–2011).
Proportions of home ownership (including with mortgages) are above the national average, with the remaining 12.8% of homes privately rented and 8.7% of homes which are social housing.
The council and developers as at the 2011 provided the lowest proportion of the gradually increasing proportion of shared ownership homes in England, 0.1%, compared with a maximum at that date of 6.1% in Milton Keynes and the highest in the northern region, nearby Eden's 0.9%.
The Borough of Barrow-in-Furness comprises thirteen electoral wards, all of which can be seen on the map below.
- http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/16uc.asp statistics.gov.uk
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- http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080427_en_1 opsi.gov.uk
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