Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council

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Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Coat of arms or logo
Seats46 councillors
Hammersmith and Fulham Council 2018.svg
Political groups
Majority Party (35)

Opposition (11)

First past the post
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
Hammersmith Town Hall in daylight - geograph.org.uk - 800796.jpg
Hammersmith Town Hall

Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Hammersmith and Fulham is divided into 16 wards, electing a total of 46 councillors.[1] The borough council provides some shared services with Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 as the Hammersmith London Borough Council and replaced two local authorities: Hammersmith Metropolitan Borough Council and Fulham Metropolitan Borough Council. The council was renamed on 1 January 1980.


A map showing the wards of Hammersmith and Fulham since 2002

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Hammersmith and Fulham area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Hammersmith on 1 April 1965. Hammersmith London Borough Council replaced Hammersmith Metropolitan Borough Council and Fulham Metropolitan Borough Council. Both had been created in 1900, replacing parish vestries. Fulham was an ancient parish covering broadly the same area as the current borough. Hammersmith was governed by a separate vestry from 1631 and was formally split off as a separate civil parish in 1834. They were joined for local government from 1855 to 1886 as the Fulham District of the Metropolis, governed by the Fulham District Board of Works.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Hammersmith 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. The council was renamed on 1 January 1979. The two tier arrangement lasted until 1986 when Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Hammersmith and Fulham became an education authority in 1990. 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.


Hammersmith and Fulham 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 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years Lab Con Oth
Labour 2018– 35 11 0
Labour 2014–2018 26 20 0
Conservative 2010–2014 15 31 0
Conservative 2006–2010 13 33 0
Labour 2002–2006 28 18 0
Labour 1998–2002 36 14 0
Labour 1994–1998 33 15 2
Labour 1990–1994 28 22 0
Labour 1986–1990 40 9 1
No Overall Control 1982–1986 25 23 2
No Overall Control 1978–1982 24 24 2
Labour 1974–1978 48 10 2
Labour 1971–1974 58 2 0
Conservative 1968–1971 6 54 0
Labour 1964–1968 53 7 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Councillors London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulhan
  2. ^ "Local elections: Hammersmith & Fulham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  3. ^ https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/londondatastore-upload/London-Borough-Council-Elections-2014.pdf

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by
Blackburn with Darwen