Nottinghamshire has a two-tier system of local government, which means that wherever you live in the county (excluding Nottingham City), services
are shared between two, and sometimes three, councils.
Nottinghamshire County Council is a first-tier
local authority, responsible for services such as:
- homes for older people
- meals on wheels
- children’s homes
- social workers
- roads and street lights
- waste and recycling
- country parks
- trading standards
- registrars for births, deaths and marriages
- community safety
- emergency management
- youth offending service
- welfare rights
The second tier of local government in Nottinghamshire is made up of seven Borough and District Councils, and in some areas of the county there may also be a third tier –
a Town or Parish Council.
Other public bodies
In addition to county, district and parish or town councils there are other organisations
which provide services to the public: Fire and Rescue Services, Police, The Highways Agency, Department for Work and Pensions, Health Authorities,
Learning and Skills Council – and there are many more - are all funded by public money.
The main difference between local authorities (councils) and other public bodies
is that councils are controlled by councillors who are elected by the public. Elections
are held every four years.