- Rutland County Council
Infobox UK local authority
name = Rutland County Council
hq = Catmose,
start = 1997
Local Government Act 1992
Rutland County Council is a
unitary authorityresponsible for local government in the historic county of Rutlandin the East Midlandsof England. The current Council was created in April 1997.
Formally it is a unitary district with the full legal title of Rutland County Council District Council. As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for running local services in Rutland, with the exception of the
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Serviceand Leicestershire Constabularywhich are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Counciland Leicester City Council.
The unitary is seen as a re-creation of the county council that was established in 1889 by the
Local Government Act 1888and ended in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972when Rutland was reconstituted as a district of Leicestershire. The Local Government Commission for England in 1994 recommended that Rutland District (and Leicester City) should become unitaries and leave the two-tier Leicestershire [LGCE. "Final Recommendations for the Future Local Government of Leicestershire." December 1994.] . Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997 [ [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1996/Uksi_19960507_en_1.htm The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996] SI 1996/507] .
The Council consists of 26 councillors, representing 16 wards in the county. The Council has all-out elections on a four year cycle and follows a district pattern with elections in May 2007 [http://www.rutland.gov.uk/pp/gold/viewGold.asp?IDType=Page&ID=15266] and again in 2011.
The ceremonial or civic head of the Council is the Chairman and the executive follows the leader and cabinet model.
The current council as of 2008 is Governed by the Conservative party With The Liberal democrats and several independents in opposition.
The political composition is as follows.
The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The current wards were first adopted for the 2003 local elections.
* [http://www.rutland.gov.uk Rutland County Council]
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