Stoke-on-Trent City Council

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Whole council elected every four years
SOT Coat of Arms.jpg
Coat of arms
Houses Unicameral
Founded 1 April 1974
Dave Conway, Independent
Abi Brown, Conservative
Anthony Munday
Seats 44 Councillors
Stoke-on-Trent City Council composition.svg
20 / 44
16 / 44
7 / 44
1 / 44
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the local authority of Stoke-on-Trent, a unitary authority in the West Midlands region. As a unitary authority it has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. As such, it is administratively separate from the rest of Staffordshire.

The council area elects 44 Councillors from 29 wards. Following the May 2015 local elections, Stoke-on-Trent City Council comprises 20 Labour councillors, 16 City Independent councillors, 7 Conservative councillors and one UKIP councillor. It is led by a coalition of Independent and Conservative councillors.[1]

Powers and functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Stoke-on-Trent is a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. UKIP should of won but there we go. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election in 1973 political control of the council was held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-2002
No overall control 2002-2004
Labour 2004-2006
No overall control 2006-2011
Labour 2011-2015
No overall control 2015–present

Directly elected mayor[edit]

The executive function of Stoke-on-Trent City Council was controlled by a directly elected mayor of Stoke-on-Trent from 2002 to 2009, the position having been established by referendum on 2 May 2002. The position was abolished by referendum on 23 October 2008 and formally ceased to exist the following year.

Party in control Years
Independent 2002-2005
Labour 2005-2009