Leicestershire County Council

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Leicestershire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Nick Rushton, Conservative
Structure
Seats 55 councillors
36 / 55
13 / 55
6 / 55
Elections
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
May 2021
Meeting place
County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester - geograph.org.uk - 1229155.jpg
County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire
Website
www.leicestershire.gov.uk

Leicestershire County Council is the county council for the English non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire. It was originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county is divided into 52 electoral divisions, which return a total of 55 councillors. The council is controlled by the Conservative Party. The leader of the county council is currently Nick Rushton, who was elected to the post in September 2012. The headquarters of the council is County Hall beside the A50 at Glenfield, just outside the city of Leicester in Blaby district.

History[edit]

From its establishment in 1889 to 1974 the county council covered the administrative county of Leicestershire, excluding Leicester. In 1974 the Local Government Act reconstituted Leicestershire County Council, adding the former county borough of Leicester, and the small county of Rutland to the area. On 1 April 1997 these were removed from the County Council area again, to become unitary authorities.

Districts and Boroughs[edit]

Leicestershire has three tiers of local government. These tiers are the county council, seven district or borough councils and parish councils all of which charge a mandatory tax in return for a service. In urban areas the work of the parish council is likely to be undertaken by the county or district council. The seven district councils in Leicestershire are:[1]

These district councils are responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism[2]

Political control[edit]

Leicestershire County Council consists of 55 elected members, from 52 wards. The most recent election was the May 2017 elections, where all seats were up for re-election. Following these elections[3] the current political composition of the council is as follows.

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 36
Liberal Democrats 13
Labour Party 6

Elections were held for the reconstituted county council (including Leicester and Rutland) in 1973, leading to no overall control. 1977 saw the Conservative Party take control, but they lost it again in 1981. Elections in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 1997 continued No Overall Control. The Conservatives took control in 2001, helped in part by the removal of the strongly Labour-voting Leicester from the county.[4]

The council's cabinet has, as of December 2015, the following members, with the following portfolios:

  • Nick Rushton - leader, with responsibility for economic development and strategic relationships
  • Byron Rhodes - deputy leader, with responsibility for resources (also leader of Melton Borough Council)
  • Ivan Ould - lead member for children and young people, including the Supporting Leicestershire Families programme
  • Dave Houseman - lead member for adult social care
  • Blake Pain - lead member for economic development, property and waste management (also leader of Harborough District Council)
  • Peter Osborne - lead member for highways and transport
  • Ernie White - lead member for health and wellbeing, including sport
  • Pam Posnett - lead member for communities
  • Richard Blunt - lead member for heritage, leisure and arts and planning (also leader of North West Leicestershire District Council)
  • Joe Orson - lead member for safer communities and policing and chair of the police and crime panel

Departments[edit]

There are six departments:

  • Corporate Resources (including property, finance, HR, communications, country parks and traded services)
  • Environment and Transport (including highways, transport and waste)
  • Adults and Communities (including adult social care, museums, libraries and adult learning)
  • Children and Family Services (including children's social care and school support)
  • Public health (which commissions a wide range of public health services, including smoking cessation, school nurses and sport and fitness programmes)
  • Chief Executive's (including policy, democratic services, trading standards, registration services, planning, legal services)

Key responsibilities[edit]

In the five years to 2015, the council's roles and responsibilities changed significantly, due to austerity savings, the transfer of public health from the NHS to the council and many schools becoming academies, independent of the council.

However, that still left a number of key responsibilities. As of December 2015, these are: social care for adults and children; support for schools; highways and transport; public health; waste disposal; economic development; libraries and museums; strategic planning; trading standards; country parks; registration of births, marriages and deaths; and community leadership.

Financial situation[edit]

The council claims to be the lowest-funded county council,[5] yet one of the top three best performers, across a wide range of indicators.[6]

From 2010-2015, the council has had to save £100 million - two thirds as efficiency savings and the remainder from services. The council has predicted it will have to save more from services as austerity continues, with a further £100 million-plus of savings required over the next four years.

As of 2015/16, the council's annual budget was £348 million and it had just over 5,000 full-time equivalent staff.

Electoral divisions[edit]

Electoral division Councillors
Blaby and Glen Parva 1
Braunstone Town 1
Cosby and Countesthorpe 1
Enderby Meridian 1
Glenfields 1
Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East 1
Narborough and Whetstone 1
Stanton Croft and Normanton 1
Birstall 1
Bradgate 1
Loughborough East 1
Loughborough North 1
Loughborough North West 1
Loughborough South 1
Loughborough South West 1
Quorn and Barrow[7] 1
Rothley and Mountsorrel 1
Shepshed 1
Sileby and The Wolds[8] 1
Syston Fosse 1
Syston Ridgeway 1
Thurmaston 1
Broughton Astley 1
Bruntingthorpe 1
Gartree 1
Launde 1
Lutterworth 1
Market Harborough East 1
Market Harborough West and Foxton 1
Burbage Castle 2
Earl Shilton 1
Groby and Ratby 1
Hinckley 2
Mallory 1
Market Bosworth 1
Markfield Desford and Thornton 1
Asfordby 1
Belvoir 1
Melton North 1
Melton South 1
Ashby de la Zouch 1
Castle Donington 1
Coalville 1
Forest and Measham 1
Ibstock and Appleby[9] 1
Valley 1
Warren Hills 1
Whitwick 1
Oadby 2
Wigston Bushloe 1
Wigston Poplars 1
Wigston South 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The County Council - Local Government in Leicestershire". Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Glossary of Local Government Terms". thelocalchannel.co.uk. Archived from the original on 14 March 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Election Results 2017". BBC. Retrieved 05 May 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Election 2005 Seat-by-seat: Leicestershire council". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Statement on the Council's Budget Situation". Leicestershire County Council. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Leicestershire County Council Annual Performance Report 2015 – Dashboards". LeicesterShire Statistics & Research. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Linked to Barrow upon Soar.
  8. ^ Linked to Burton on the Wolds.
  9. ^ Linked to major village of Appleby Magna.

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