Nottinghamshire County Council is the 10th largest local authority in the UK employing 20,000 people, including those employed in schools.
The Council administers an annual budget of £512 million to provide cost effective public services to over 785,800 people in the County.
The services provided touch the lives of everyone who lives, works or visits Nottinghamshire and include:
- social care and day centres
- country parks and libraries
- fostering and adoption
- children’s centres
- homecare and extra care for older people
- landscaped public areas and cycleways
- bridleways, footpaths and rights of way
- public transport and pocket park and rides
- register offices
- road maintenance, gritting and street lighting
- household waste and recycling centres and refuse disposal
- secondary and primary schools and school crossing patrols
- the arts
- customer service centres
- trading standards
- youth clubs and activities
- emergency planning
- road safety
- trading standards.
The Council has operational buildings and depots across the County. Our headquarters are in the south of the county at County Hall in West Bridgford, close to Trent Bridge.
The Council has 67 County Councillors, who are elected by the people of Nottinghamshire every four years. Following the results of the 2009 local elections, the majority group is the Conservative’s.
The Leader of the Council works with the Committee chairs to set the policy direction for the Council. The Leader of the County Council is Councillor Kay Cutts.
The Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council is Mick Burrows. Mick is the Head of Paid Service and is responsible for making sure the Council’s Officers deliver the public services required.
To meet the challenge of the reductions in the public sector finances, the Council is transforming the way it provides and delivers services through an ambitious improvement programme. Since April 2011, the Improvement Programme has helped to achieve savings totalling £114m. Of this total, £34 million has been reinvested to meet increased demand for older people’s services and children’s social care.
The Chairman of the County Council is elected each year by county councillors. The Chairman of the County Council for 2012/13 is Councillor Carol Pepper and the Vice Chairman is Councillor Barrie Cooper.
The Chairman chairs meetings of the Full Council and attends a wide range of civic events around the county representing the County Council.
The Chairman’s chosen charity for 2012/13 is the Nottingham Hospital Charity Appeal to build a new state-of-the art cystic fibrosis centre at Nottingham City Hospital.