Suffolk County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr James Finch, Conservative
since 23 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Conservative
since 24 May 2018
since May 2018
|Seats||75 (38 needed for a majority)|
Length of term
|4 May 2017|
|7 May 2021|
Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk, England. It is run by 75 elected county councillors representing 63 divisions. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.
Established in 1974 and initially based at East Suffolk County Hall, the Council was located to Endeavour House in Ipswich in 2004. In September 2010, the council announced that it would seek to outsource a number of its services, in an attempt to cut its own budget by 30%. In 2011 controversy surrounding the CEO Andrea Hill featured in local and national press (including £122,000 spent on management consultants), leading to her disciplinary hearing and resignation.
Structure of the County Council
The County Council is led by its CEO Nicola Beach, who has been in this role since May 2018.
The Council is split into 5 distinct areas known as directorates. Each directorate has responsibility for a range of services and statutory requirements.
|Adult and Community Services (ACS)||Director Sue Cook|
|Corporate Services (CS)||Director Chris Bally|
|Fire and Public Safety (FPS)||Director Mark Hardingham|
|Growth, Highways and Infrastructure (GHI)||Director Mark Ash|
|Health, Wellbeing and Children’s Services (HWC)||Director Allan Cadzow|
Suffolk County Council is responsible for major services which are provided countywide. These include:
- Education and learning: schools, evening classes for adults, youth clubs and higher education grants.
- Environment: conservation of the countryside and public access to it, waste disposal and archaeological services.
- Leisure and culture: archives and support for arts and museums.
- Public safety: fire rescue service and emergency planning advice.
- Registrars: registration of births, marriages and deaths.
- Social care: care for older people who are physically or mentally infirm, or have a mental health problem, those with physical or learning disabilities and children and families who need protection and support.
- Trading standards: protecting consumers and giving advice.
- Transport and streets: maintaining and improving Suffolk's roads, footpaths and public rights of way, road safety, public transport co-ordination.
Responsibility for some services is shared between the county council and borough, district and parish councils in Suffolk, including:
- Economic promotion
- Emergency planning
- Museums and the arts
- Public transport
- Street cleaning
Suffolk Electoral Divisions
Suffolk County Council is organised into Electoral Divisions. These divisions are periodically reviewed. As of 2018 there have been 63 divisions of which 51 return a single member with a further 12 divisions represented by two Members.
|Babergh District||1||Belstead Brook||Christopher Hudson|
|3||Great Cornard||Peter Beer|
|8||Stour Valley||James Finch|
|10||Sudbury East and Waldingfield||Colin Spence|
|Ipswich Borough Council||16||Bixley||Paul West|
|20||Priory Heath||Bill Quinton|
|22||St Helen's||Mandy Gaylard|
|23||St John's||Sarah Adams|
|24||St Margaret's and Westgate||Chris Chambers|
|25||Whitehouse and Whitton||Kathy Bole|
|East Suffolk District||45||Aldeburgh and Leiston||Russ Rainger|
|48||Felixstowe Coastal||Steve Wiles|
|49||Felixstowe North and Trimley||Stuart Bird|
|51||Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew||Stuart Lawson|
|60||Kessingland and Southwold||Michael Ladd|
|61||Lowestoft South||Jenny Ceresa|
|62||OultonStour Valley||James Reeder|
|Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro|
There are currently 75 Councillors elected to SCC. The council is run by the Conservative party. The Conservatives hold 52 seats on the Council, Labour 11, Liberal Democrats 5, Independents 3, Greens 3 and West Suffolk Independents 1.
These last elections were held in May 2017.
Previous elections include:
- 2013 Suffolk County Council election
- 2009 Suffolk County Council election
- 2005 Suffolk County Council election
- 2001 Suffolk County Council election
- "Suffolk has its heart ripped out: Once-proud Grade Two listed county hall is wrecked by drug addicts and tramps". Daily Mail. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Suffolk County Council to outsource most services". BBC News. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
- Private Eye
- "Council chief Andrea Hill quits Suffolk Council". BBC News. 6 July 2011.
- "Chief Executive Officer". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Directorates". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- "Electoral Divisions – Key to Map" (PDF). www.suffolk.gov.uk. Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 6 May 2020.