Southampton City Council

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Southampton City Council
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Christopher Hammond[1], Labour
Since 14 May 2018
Les Harris [2]
Seats 48 councillors
Southampton City Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (25)
Other Parties
     Conservative (19)
     Putting People First (3)
     Southampton Independents (1)
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
2 May 2019

Southampton City Council is the local authority of the city of Southampton. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Southampton is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Southampton City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political composition

There at 48 seats on the council, or 3 seats for all 16 ward of the city.[3] The wards are:

Since becoming a unitary authority in 1996 the party has been controlled by different parties:

Party in control Years
Labour 1996-2000
No overall control 2000-2008
Conservative 2008-2012
Labour 2012–present


  1. ^ Christopher Hammond chosen as Southampton council leader
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  3. ^ "Elections and Referenda". Southampton City Council. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
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