Leicestershire County Council

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Leicestershire County Council
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Founded1889 (1889)
Chair of the Council
Cllr Dan Harrison, Conservative
since 19 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr Nicholas Rushton, Conservative
since 2012
Chief executive
John Sinnott
Seats55 councillors
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Political groups
  Conservative (42)
Other parties
  Liberal Democrat (9)
  Labour (4)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
May 2021
Next election
May 2025
Meeting place
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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.



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

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

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.

Political groupCouncillors
Conservative 3642
Liberal Democrat 139
Labour 64

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 May 2021, the following members, with the following portfolios:


There are six departments:

Key responsibilities

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

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

Electoral divisionCouncillors
Blaby and Glen Parva 1
Braunstone Town 1
Cosby and Countesthorpe 1
Enderby Meridian1
Glenfields 1
Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East 1
Narborough and Whetstone 1
Stanton Croft and Normanton 1
Birstall 1
Bradgate 1
Loughborough East1
Loughborough North1
Loughborough North West1
Loughborough South1
Loughborough South West1
Quorn and Barrow [7] 1
Rothley and Mountsorrel 1
Shepshed 1
Sileby and The Wolds [8] 1
Syston Fosse1
Syston Ridgeway1
Thurmaston 1
Broughton Astley 1
Bruntingthorpe 1
Gartree 1
Launde 1
Lutterworth 1
Market Harborough East1
Market Harborough West and Foxton 1
Burbage Castle2
Earl Shilton 1
Groby and Ratby 1
Hinckley 2
Market Bosworth 1
Markfield Desford and Thornton 1
Asfordby 1
Belvoir 1
Melton North1
Melton South1
Ashby de la Zouch 1
Castle Donington 1
Coalville 1
Forest and Measham 1
Ibstock and Appleby [9] 1
Warren Hills 1
Whitwick 1
Oadby 2
Wigston Bushloe1
Wigston Poplars1
Wigston South1

Notable members

See also

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  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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