Metropolitan Districts & London Borough Council Contact Telephone Numbers and Addresses

Metropolitan Districts

Telephone NumberMore Details
Barnsley Borough Council0843 133 7331Barnsley Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Birmingham City Council0843 133 7332Birmingham City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Bolton Borough Council0843 133 7334Bolton Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Bradford City Council0843 133 7335Bradford City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Bury Borough Council0843 133 7336Bury Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Calderdale Borough Council0843 133 7337Calderdale Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Coventry City Council0843 133 7338Coventry City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Doncaster Borough Council0843 133 7339Doncaster Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Dudley Borough Council0843 133 7340Dudley Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Gateshead Borough Council0843 133 7341Gateshead Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Kirklees Borough Council0843 133 7342Kirklees Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Knowsley Borough Council0843 133 7343Knowsley Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Leeds City Council0843 133 7344Leeds City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Liverpool City Council0843 133 7345Liverpool City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Manchester City Council0843 133 7346Manchester City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
North Tyneside Borough Council0843 133 7347North Tyneside Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council0843 133 7348Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Oldham Borough Council0843 133 7349Oldham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Rochdale Borough Council0843 133 7350Rochdale Borough CouncilAddress & Department Contact Numbers
Rotherham Borough Council0843 133 7351Rotherham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
South Tyneside Borough Council0843 133 7352South Tyneside Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Salford City Council0843 133 7353Salford City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Sandwell Borough Council0843 133 7354Sandwell Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Sefton Borough Council0843 133 7355Sefton Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Sheffield City Council0843 133 7356Sheffield City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Solihull Borough Council0843 133 7357Solihull Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
St Helens Borough Council0843 133 7358St Helens Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Stockport Borough Council0843 133 7359Stockport Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Sunderland City Council0843 133 7360Sunderland City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Tameside Borough Council0843 133 7361Tameside Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Trafford Borough Council0843 133 7362Trafford Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Wakefield City Council0843 133 7363Wakefield City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Walsall Borough Council0843 133 7364Walsall Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Wigan Borough Council0843 133 7365Wigan Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Wirral Borough Council0843 133 7366Wirral Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Wolverhampton City Council0843 133 7367Wolverhampton City Council Address & Department Contact Numbers

London Boroughs

Telephone NumberMore Details
Barking and Dagenham Borough Council0843 133 7368Barking and Dagenham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Barnet Borough Council0843 133 7369Barnet Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Bexley Borough Council0843 133 7370Bexley Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Brent Borough Council0843 133 7371Brent Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Bromley Borough Council0843 133 7372Bromley Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Camden Borough Council0843 133 7373Camden Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Croydon Borough Council0843 133 7374Croydon Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Ealing Borough Council0843 133 7375Ealing Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Enfield Borough Council0843 133 7376Enfield Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Greenwich Borough Council0843 133 7377Greenwich Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Hackney Borough Council0843 133 7378Hackney Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council0843 133 7379Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Haringey Borough Council0843 133 7380Haringey Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Harrow Borough Council0843 133 7381Harrow Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Havering Borough Council0843 133 7382Havering Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Hillingdon Borough Council0843 133 7383Hillingdon Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Hounslow Borough Council0843 133 7384Hounslow Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Islington Borough Council0843 133 7385Islington Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council0843 133 7386Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Kingston upon Thames Borough Council0843 133 7387Kingston upon Thames Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Lambeth Borough Council0843 133 7388Lambeth Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Lewisham Borough Council0843 133 7389Lewisham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Merton Borough Council0843 133 7390Merton Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Newham Borough Council0843 133 7391Newham Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Redbridge Borough Council0843 133 7392Redbridge Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Richmond upon Thames Borough Council0843 133 7393Richmond upon Thames Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Southwark Borough Council0843 133 7394Southwark Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Sutton Borough Council0843 133 7395Sutton Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Tower Hamlets Borough Council0843 133 7396Tower Hamlets Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Waltham Forest Borough Council0843 1337397Waltham Forest Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
Wandsworth Borough Council0843 133 7398Wandsworth Borough Council Address & Department Contact Numbers
City of Westminster Council0843 133 7399City of Westminster Council Address & Department Contact Numbers

Borough Council Meaning

In the Middle Ages, boroughs were settlements in England that were granted some self-government; burghs were the Scottish equivalent. In medieval England, boroughs were also entitled to elect members of parliament. The use of the word borough probably derives from the burghal system of Alfred the Great. Alfred set up a system of defensive strong points (Burhs); in order to maintain these particular settlements, he granted them a degree of autonomy. After the Norman Conquest, when certain towns were granted self-governance, the concept of the burh/borough seems to have been reused to mean a self-governing settlement.

Borough Council Powers

Many parts of England have 2 tiers of local government:

  • county councils
  • district, borough or city councils

In some parts of the country, there’s just 1 (unitary) tier of local government providing all the local services. The 3 main types are:

  • unitary authorities in shire areas
  • London boroughs
  • metropolitan boroughs

County councils

These are responsible for services across the whole of a county, like:

  • education
  • transport
  • planning
  • fire and public safety
  • social care
  • libraries
  • waste management
  • trading standards

District, borough and city councils

These cover a smaller area than county councils. They’re usually responsible for services like:

  • rubbish collection
  • recycling
  • Council Tax collections
  • housing
  • planning applications

Unitary authorities and London and metropolitan boroughs

In some parts of the country, 1 tier of local government provides all the local services listed above.

In London and metropolitan areas some services, like fire, police and public transport, are provided through ‘joint authorities’ (in London by the Greater London Authority).

Parish, community and town councils

These operate at a level below district and borough councils and in some cases, unitary authorities.

They’re elected and can help on a number of local issues, like providing:

  • allotments
  • public clocks
  • bus shelters
  • community centres
  • play areas and play equipment
  • grants to help local organisations
  • consultation on neighbourhood planning

Council Structures

Regional authorities and Combined authorities

England has, since 1994 been subdivided into nine regions. One of these, London, has an elected Assembly and Mayor. The other regions no longer have any statutory bodies to execute any responsibilities.

Combined authorities were introduced in England outside Greater London by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 to cover areas larger than the existing local authorities but smaller than the regions. Combined authorities are created voluntarily and allow a group of local authorities to pool appropriate responsibility and receive certain delegated functions from central government in order to deliver transport and economic policy more effectively over a wider area. There are currently nine such authorities, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority established on 1 April 2011, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and three others in April 2014, two in 2016 and two in 2017.

Principal councils

   Metropolitan borough

   London borough

   Unitary authority

   Two-tier non-metropolitan county

Below the region level and excluding London, England has two different patterns of local government in use. In some areas there is a county council responsible for services such as education, waste management and strategic planning within a county, with several non-metropolitan district councils responsible for services such as housing, waste collection and local planning. Both are principal councils and are elected in separate elections.

Some areas have only one level of local government. These are unitary authorities, which are also principal councils. Most of Greater London is governed by London borough councils. The City of London and the Isles of Scilly are sui generis authorities, pre-dating recent reforms of local government.

There is 125 ‘single tier’ authorities, which all function as billing authorities for Council Tax and local education authorities:

  • 55 unitary authorities
  • 36 metropolitan boroughs
  • 32 London boroughs
  • The Common Council of the City of London
  • The Council of the Isles of Scilly

There is 33 ‘upper tier’ authorities. The non-metropolitan counties function as local education authorities:

  • 27 non-metropolitan counties
  • 6 metropolitan counties (councils abolished in 1986)

There is 201 ‘lower tier’ authorities, which all have the function of billing authority for Council Tax:

  • 201 non-metropolitan districts

There are in total 353 principal councils, not including the Corporation of London, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, or the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, the last two of which are also local authorities for some purposes.

Parishes

Below the district level, a district may be divided into several civil parishes. Typical activities undertaken by a parish council include allotments, parks, public clocks, and entering Britain in Bloom. They also have a consultative role in planning. Councils such as districts, counties and unitaries are known as principal local authorities in order to differentiate them in their legal status from parish and town councils, which are not uniform in their existence. Local councils tend not to exist in metropolitan areas but there is nothing to stop their establishment. For example, Birmingham has a parish, New Frankley. Parishes have not existed in Greater London since 1965, but from 2007 they could legally be created. In some districts, the rural area is parished and the urban is not — such as the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, where the town of Hinckley is unparished and has no local councils, while the countryside around the town is parished. In others, there is a more complex mixture, as in the case of the Borough of Kettering, where the small towns of Burton Latimer, Desborough and Rothwell are parished, while Kettering town itself is not. In addition, among the rural parishes, two share a joint parish council and two have no council but are governed by an annual parish meeting

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