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 was re-elected for a second term in May 2015.
He appointed Rory Palmer as his deputy and eight councillors as assistant city mayors. You can read more about the mayor’s executive team.
We have 54 councillors representing 21 wards across the city: they are voted in at local elections. At present, the council is controlled by the Labour Party, which has 52 seats. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have one seat each.
How we work
We work to a constitution which sets out the basic principles of how we operate, what decisions can be made, and by who.
We work to a number of plans and strategies which are published on this website. Our key plans are the City Mayor’s Delivery Plan, detailing critical current activity across all areas of our work and the economic action plan to boost investments, skills and jobs. A major ongoing priority is Connecting Leicester - a vision to connect up areas of the city centre.
We are Leicester’s biggest employer with more than 15,000 staff, who are responsible for delivering services to a diverse range of customers.