Central Bedfordshire Council
|Founded||1 April 2009|
|Preceded by|| Bedfordshire County Council |
Chair of the Council
Cllr Brian Saunders,Conservative
since 16th May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr James G Jamieson,Conservative
since 19th May 2016
since October 2009
|East of England Local Government Association|
|2 May 2019|
Central Bedfordshire Council is the unitary authority for Central Bedfordshire in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England.
Central Bedfordshire is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. It was created from the merger of Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire District Councils on 1 April 2009. With a budget of £500m the unitary council provides over a hundred services to a quarter of a million people, and is responsible for schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning, leisure centres, libraries, care homes and more.
It was created from the merger of Bedfordshire County Council and Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire District Councils on 1 April 2009.
Bedfordshire County Council was the county council of the non-metropolitan county of Bedfordshire in England. It was established on 24 January 1889 and was abolished on 1 April 2009. The county council was based in Bedford.
South Bedfordshire was, from 1974 to 2009, a non-metropolitan district of Bedfordshire, in the East of England. Its main towns were Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.
With a budget of £500m the unitary council provides over a hundred services to a quarter of a million people, and is responsible for schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning, leisure centres, libraries, care homes.
Since 2011 the Council has been led by Cllr James Jamieson with a Cabinet of seven portfolio holders: • Corporate Services (finance) • Children's Services • Social Care, Health and Housing • Regeneration • Community Services • Partnerships • External affairs
The council has 59 Councillors; 52 Conservatives, 4 Independents, 2 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat.
The last elections for Central Bedfordshire Council were in May 2015.
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