Councils provide a range of services to their communities. Some are statutory which means that they must be provided, these include refuse collection and libraries.
Others are regulatory. These services must also be provided and include planning and managing the development of land and property, and licensing of, for example premises or taxis.
Finally, there are discretionary services which councils may choose to provide such as the promotion of tourism.
Here are some examples of what your Council is responsible for:
- Education - Schools and school transport
- Housing - Strategies, advice, provision, and benefit administration
- Social Services - Care and protection of children, older people and Disabled people
- Highways and Transport - Road maintenance, traffic management and planning, street naming
- Waste Management - Refuse collection, recycling and fly tipping
- Leisure & Cultural services - Libraries, museums, leisure centres and the arts
- Consumer protection - Trading Standards
- Environmental services - Food safety, pollution control
- Planning - Development planning and development management
- Economic Development - Attracting new businesses, promoting leisure and tourism
- Emergency Planning - In case of emergencies such as floods, diseases, or terrorist attacks