We serve the people, communities and businesses of Leicester, the biggest city in the East Midlands. We are a unitary authority, which means we take responsibility for many of the major decisions which affect people’s lives. This includes decisions around schools, roads and setting council tax.
How we’re organised
Leicester residents voted in Peter Soulsby as our first City Mayor in 2011. He will lead the city until the next election in May 2015.
He appointed Rory Palmer as his deputy and six councillors as assistant city mayors. You can read more about the mayor’s executive team.
We have 54 councillors representing 22 wards across the city: they are voted in at local elections. At present, the council is controlled by the Labour Party, which has 50 seats. The Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts Party has two seats, and the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have one seat each.
We are Leicester’s biggest employer with more than 15,000 staff, who are responsible for delivering services to a diverse range of customers.
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