About the Council
Leicestershire County Council is recognised as one of the best performing councils in the country. The authority provides a wide range of services to over 650,000 residents every day including social care for older people and children, waste disposal and roads. The council's workforce numbers 5,000 (full-time equivalent posts, excluding schools).
The council aims to work together with its partners to create a great place to live, to bring up a family, and build a business, supported by great public services that offer good value for money.
Leicestershire is also seen as a national leader in its support for troubled families and its partnership approach to health integration. Leicestershire County Council was the first in the country to adopt a joint approach with the NHS locally.
Like most public services, Leicestershire County Council faces financial challenges as result of government funding reductions. The council has taken early action to find efficiency savings and new ways of working. This includes a focus on commercial income generation.
The Council has been ahead of many other authorities in planning for savings. Since 2010 £161 million has been made in savings however the authority still has another £66 million of savings to deliver by 2020/21. Our Fair Funding Review campaign to Government will be an important aspect in shaping our future financial position.
Leicestershire enjoys a strong national reputation for doing things differently and achieving results. In 2009, it was named Council of the Year - the first county council to achieve such an accolade and despite the tough economic climate, it continues to deliver high quality services to the people of Leicestershire.
The council is made up of 55 councillors who are elected every 4 years. Their main duty is to represent the views of their community and constituents. All councillors meet 6 times a year at the full County Council meetings. Our most recent county council election was held in on 4 May 2017.
The council is currently Conservative controlled. The makeup of the Council is:
- Conservative: 36 seats
- Labour: 6 seats
- Liberal Democrats: 13 seats
- 87% of schools are good
- Highest satisfaction ratings amongst county councils for roads and pavements across the UK
- The top ranking local authority in the Stonewall Top 100 employers
- 80% of residents say they trust the council
- 97% have access to high speed broadband
- 97% of people are supported to live independently
- 4* website for highways and transport – rated by SOCITM
For more about Leicestershire County Council, visit our website: www.leicestershire.gov.uk