Durham County Council

Durham County Council

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Seats 126 councillors[1]
First past the post
Last election
Next election
Meeting place
County Hall, Durham

Durham County Council is the local authority of County Durham (excluding Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees) in North East England. Since 2009 it has been a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. From 1889 to 2009 it was a county council in a two-tier arrangement.

At the time of the 2011 census it served a population of 513,200, which makes it one of the most-populous local authorities in England. It has its headquarters at County Hall in Durham.


Durham County Council was initially established in 1889 as the upper-tier local authority for the administrative county of Durham. The county council was reconstituted in 1974 as a non-metropolitan county council. Darlington was removed from the area of responsibility in 1997. Durham County Council became a unitary authority on 1 April 2009 when the seven remaining districts of the county (Durham (City), Easington, Sedgefield (Borough), Teesdale, Wear Valley, Derwentside, and Chester-le-Street) were abolished and the county council absorbed their non-metropolitan district functions.

Following the structural changes in 2009, legislation[2] allows for the council to name itself "The Durham Council", however the council has retained the name of Durham County Council. As of 2016 bought shares in chester-le-street cricket club and gave local councilors 8% payrise while giving TA's upto 23% paycut.

The current leader of the council, Simon Henig is since 15 April 2014 also chair of the North East Combined Authority.[3]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by
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