Durham County Council

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Durham County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Seats 126[1]
First past the post
Last election
1 May 2008
Next election
2 May 2013

Durham County Council is the unitary authority of County Durham in north-east England. From 1889 to 2009 it was a county council in a two-tier arrangement. At the time of the 2011 census it served a population of 513,200, which makes it one of the largest local authorities in England. It has its headquarters at County hall in Durham.


Durham County Council was initially established in 1889 as the upper tier local authority for the administrative county of Durham. The county council was reconstituted in 1974 as a non-metropolitan county council. Darlington was removed from the area of responsibility in 1997. Durham County Council became a unitary authority on 1 April 2009 when the seven remaining districts of the county (Durham (City), Easington, Sedgefield (Borough), Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, and Chester-le-Street) were abolished and the county council absorbed their non-metropolitan district functions.

In April 2014, the authority approved the closure of its five care homes for the elderly saying they "were not value for money".[2]