Bexley London Borough Council
|Bexley London Borough Council|
|Whole council elected every four years|
|Founded||1 April 1965|
New session started
|22 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)|
Teresa O'Neill, Conservative
since 22 May 2013
since 22 May 2013
|Seats||63 councillors in 21 wards|
|22 May 2014|
Bexley London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. The council comprises 63 councillors. Since May 2014 the council comprises 45 Conservative Party, 15 Labour Party and 3 Ukip members.
It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Bexley as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Bexley London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.
Powers and functions
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation. Bexley has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. It is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal. The council shares responsibility with the Greater London Authority for strategic policies including housing, planning and the environment.
Bexley London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
Since the first election to the council in 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|Labour||1964 - 1968|
|Conservative||1968 - 1971|
|Labour||1971 - 1974|
|Conservative||1974 - 1994|
|No overall control||1994 - 1998|
|Conservative||1998 - 2002|
|Labour||2002 - 2006|
|Conservative||2006 - present|