Local Government Database

Comprehensive Coverage:

Our Local Government database extensively details all councillors, senior, and mid-level management positions, as well as crucial lower-level functional roles across all UK councils. It includes essential data from various sectors, including Police, Fire Services, Parks, Transport, and Combined Authorities.

Structural Variations in Local Authorities:

The structure of local authorities differs significantly across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Notably, after a major reorganisation in 1995, Wales and Scotland consolidated their District and County Councils into single Unitary Authorities responsible for all local governmental functions. In England, the reorganisation resulted in a combination of single-tier authorities—including Unitary, Metropolitan, and London Boroughs—and two-tier systems comprising County and District Councils. A further reorganisation in 2007 led to several County and District Councils merging into single Unitary Councils.

Functional Allocation Across Authorities:

Departmental Autonomy and Structure:

Local authorities are divided into various departments, with the size and scope varying significantly. Smaller district councils may have two to three departments, while larger metropolitan, unitary, county, and borough councils often have four to five. Each department operates independently, sometimes from different locations, with unique functions and separate administrative divisions.

Funding and Political Control:

Local authorities are financed through a blend of local tax revenue, grants from the central government, investments, financial reserves, and other local charges. Notably, from 2014, councils have been allowed to retain the revenue from Business Rates directly.

Types of Control within Councils:

Overall Control: Typically, a single political party holds the majority, controlling the council.

No Overall Control: Occurs when no single party achieves a majority, leading to a power-sharing arrangement (e.g., a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition).

Non-Political: Some councils operate without official political groupings, with significant roles like committee chairs shared among members, often led by a figurehead such as the Chairman of the Council or the Mayor on ceremonial occasions.

Executive Mayors: Some councils are led by directly elected Executive Mayors, providing direct political leadership.

Types of Contacts:

Local Government Officers: These professionals manage the daily operations, service coordination, and procurement within the council. The database includes contacts for Chief Executives, top Corporate Directors, and Heads of Service, along with approximately 10,000 key functional and departmental roles.

Local Government Councillors: These elected officials make policy decisions and typically do not engage in detailed technical decisions. Influential members include Council and Group Leaders, Cabinet Members, and Chairs and Vice Chairs of key committees. The database also provides comprehensive categorization by organisation type, management level, and nearly 600 functional categories for both officers and councillors. Detailed information, including department names, number of employees, and constantly updated contact data, ensures users have the most current and relevant information at their fingertips.