Rutland County Council
Rutland County Council
|Founded||1 April 1997[a]|
|Preceded by||Rutland District Council|
Leicestershire County Council
Chairman of the Council
Jeff Dale, Independent
since 10 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Lucy Stephenson, Conservative
since 9 May 2022
since 30 April 2021
Length of term
|First past the post|
|2 May 2019|
|Catmose House, Oakham|
Rutland County Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The current council was created in April 1997. The population of the council's area at the 2011 census was 37,369.
As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for almost all local services in Rutland, with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police, which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.
Rutland County Council was first established in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888 and ended in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, when Rutland was reconstituted as a district of Leicestershire.
The new unitary authority is seen as a re-creation of the original Rutland County Council. The Local Government Commission for England in 1994 recommended that Rutland District (and Leicester City) should become unitaries and leave the two-tier Leicestershire. Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997.
Formally it is a unitary district with the full legal title of Rutland County Council District Council, caused by a renaming of the District of Rutland using powers under section 74 of the Local Government Act 1972 at a special meeting of the council held on 1 April 1997. Although, as with other unitary councils, the council is technically a non-metropolitan district council, section 8 of the Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 created a county covering the same area as the District of Rutland, and further provided that there would be no council for the County of Rutland.
The council consists of 27 councillors, representing fifteen electoral wards of the county. It has all-out elections on a four-year cycle and follows a district pattern, with elections held in May 2007, May 2011, 2015 and 2019.
The ceremonial head of the council is the chairman, and the executive follows the leader-and-cabinet model.
The current council is led by a cabinet of Conservatives and independents following the collapse of the previous Conservative minority administration in May 2022. The other parties represented on the council are the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Greens.
The Cabinet prepares Council policies and budgets and is responsible for most day-to-day decision making. The Cabinet also provides leadership and accountability for the local community. Each of the Cabinet Members are responsible for a specified policy area.
The Cabinet works to a Forward Plan that sets out matters which the Leader of the Council believes will be the subject of a key decision to be taken by the Cabinet.
The Cabinet comprises the Leader of the Council plus up to five elected Councillors, as of May 2022 these consist of:
- Lucy Stephenson - Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources and Property
- Rosemary Powell - Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Planning, Highways and Transport
- Marc Oxley - Portfolio Holder for Communities, Environment and Climate Change
- Samantha Harvey – Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Care
- Karen Payne - Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance and Performance, Change and Transformation
- David Wilby - Portfolio Holder for Education and Children’s Services
Members by party
|2015 election||2019 election||Current|
The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The previous wards were adopted for the 2003 local elections but amended before the 2019 elections.
|Braunston & Belton||1||Parishes of Ayston, Belton, Braunston, Brooke, Leighfield, Preston, Ridlington and Wardley|
|Cottesmore||2||Parishes of Barrow, Cottesmore, Market Overton and Teigh|
|Exton||1||Parishes of Ashwell, Burley, Egleton, Exton, Hambleton, Horn and Whitwell|
|Greetham||1||Parishes of Clipsham, Greetham, Pickworth, Stretton and Thistleton|
|Ketton||2||Parishes of Barrowden, Ketton, Tinwell and Tixover|
|Langham||1||Parish of Langham|
|Lyddington||1||Parishes of Bisbrooke, Caldecott, Glaston, Lyddington, Seaton, Stoke Dry and Thorpe by Water|
|Martinsthorpe||1||Parishes of Gunthorpe, Lyndon, Manton, Martinsthorpe, Morcott, Pilton and Wing|
|Normanton||2||Parishes of Edith Weston, Empingham, Normanton, North Luffenham, South Luffenham|
|Oakham North East||2||Oakham northwest of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and east of the railway|
|Oakham North West||2||Oakham north of Braunston Road and west of the railway, and the parish of Barleythorpe|
|Oakham South East||2||Oakham southeast of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and east of the railway|
|Oakham South West||2||Oakham south of Braunston Road and west of the railway|
|Ryhall & Casterton||2||Parishes of Essendine, Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Ryhall and Tickencote|
|Uppingham||3||Parishes of Uppingham and Beaumont Chase|
|Whissendine||1||Parish of Whissendine|
|Parliamentary constituency||Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
|Rutland and Melton
|Braunston & Martinsthorpe||Edward Baines||Conservative||2019–23|
|Abigail McCartney||Liberal Democrats||2019–23|
|Gale Waller||Liberal Democrats||2019-23|
|Oakham North East||Jeff Dale||Independent||2019–23|
|Oakham North West||Paul Ainsley||Conservative||2019–23|
|Oakham South||Joanna Burrows||Liberal Democrats||2019–23|
|Paul Browne||Liberal Democrats||2022-23|
|Ray Payne||Liberal Democrats||2022-23|
|Ryhall and Casterton||Richard Coleman||Conservative||2019-23|
|Uppingham||Stephen Lambert||Liberal Democrats||2022-23|
2016 EU Referendum
On 23 June 2016 Rutland voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. The county produced one of the narrowest results in the country by voting to “Leave the European Union” by a majority of just 260 votes. The result went against the views of the local MP Alan Duncan who had campaigned for a "Remain" vote.
The result was declared in Oakham early on 24 June 2016 by the Counting Officer, Helen Briggs.
|United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016 |
|Leave the European Union||11,613||50.57%|
|Remain a member of the European Union||11,353||49.43%|
|Invalid or blank votes||18||0.08%|
|Registered voters and turnout||29,390||78.20%|
- District council gained county functions.
- 6 independents belong to The Independents and Green Group, 4 belong to Together4Rutland, and 3 are non-aligned
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- The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 SI 1996/507
- "Rutland County Council – Constitution of the Council". January 2021.
- 2007 Local Election results for RCC
- "New leader for council after former Conservative quits". 9 May 2022.
- "Rutland Council Leader confirms details of new alliance Cabinet". 18 May 2022.
- "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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