Telford and Wrekin Council

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Telford and Wrekin Council
Mayor of Telford & Wrekin
Cllr Stephen Reynolds, Labour
since 23rd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Shaun Davies, Labour
since 27th May 2016
Chief Executive
David Sidaway
since January 2020
Seats54 councillors
Telford and Wrekin Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (36)
Other Parties
     Conservative (13)
     Liberal Democrats (4)
     Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
"Creating a Better Borough - by Investing, Protecting and Caring

Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority of Telford and Wrekin in Shropshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The district of Telford and Wrekin was granted borough status in 2002, though the council does not ordinarily include "Borough" in its name.

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, the Telford and Wrekin is within a non-metropolitan area of England.

As a unitary authority, Telford and Wrekin Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. 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.

The council is currently made up of: 36 Labour councillors, 13 Conservative councillors, 4 Liberal Democrats councillors and 1 Independent councillors. There are currently no councillors elected for any other political party – UKIP, green, etc.

There are seven roles within the Council a Councillor apart of the party under administration of the Council (Labour) may be appointed to: Leader of the Council (Cllr Shaun Davies), Deputy leader of the Council (Cllr Richard Overton), Mayor of the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (Cllr Stephen Reynolds), Deputy mayor of the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (Cllr Amrik Jhawar), Speaker of the Council (Cllr Arnold England), Deputy Speaker of the Council (Cllr James Lavery) and a Council cabinet member.

The Cabinet is the main decision-making body of the Council with executive powers for all matters, except those held by the full Council or those reserved to regulatory committees (such as planning and licensing applications). The Cabinet has a key role in budget proposal and policy framework for the Council to adopt.

The Cabinet is chaired by Cllr Shaun Davies (Leader of the Council) with 8 cabinet members each having responsibility for a particular area of the Council's work; [1]

  • Cllr Shaun Davies – Leader of the Council & Cabinet member for new & stronger communities fund.
  • Cllr Richard Overton – Deputy leader of the Council & cabinet member for neighbourhood services, enforcement and the pride in our community programme.
  • Cllr Lee Carter – Cabinet member for Council finance, commercial services and the Borough economy (Cabinet member for the Local enterprise partnership).
  • Cllr Andy Burford - Cabinet member for health and social care.
  • Cllr Rae Evans – Cabinet member for customer, cultural & leisure services and partnerships.
  • Cllr David Wright - Cabinet member for housing, transport and infrastructure.
  • Cllr Shirley Reynolds – Cabinet member for children, young people and education.
  • Cllr Hilda Rhodes – Cabinet member for parks, green spaces and the natural environment.
  • Cllr Carolyn Healy - Cabinet member for visitor economy and the world heritage site.
  • Cllr Raj Mehta - Cabinet member for communities and inclusivity.


Political control[edit]

Party in control Years
     Labour 1997–2006
     No overall control 2006–2008
     Conservative 2008–2011
     Labour 2011 – Present