Enfield London Borough Council
|Enfield London Borough Council|
Cllr Doug Taylor, Labour Party
|Seats||63 councillors in 21 wards|
41 / 63
22 / 63
|First past the post|
|22 May 2014|
|Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield|
Enfield London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Enfield in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. The next election to the authority will be in 2018.
It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Enfield 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 Enfield 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.
Enfield 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.
Enfield is the subject of a series in the Guardian about housing: the Enfield Experiment.
Enfield London Borough Council has designated the entire area of the borough for additional and selective licensing of landlords, managing agents and private rented homes, using powers in the Housing Act 2004. The scheme is currently being challenged by a judicial review in the High Court..