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About us

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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 third term in May 2019.

He appointed three deputy city mayors and six 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 Liberal Democrats have one seat and one Independent.

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 hold council meetings and community meetings which are open to the public, and we hold consultations about our important decisions where appropriate.

Our staff

We are Leicester’s biggest employer with more than 12,500 staff, who are responsible for delivering services to a diverse range of customers.

You can find out about our current job vacancies, and also our commitment to equality and diversity.


Core cities

Rank of average score 2019

Rank of average score 2015

Charge in rank of average score

Leeds 55 70 -15
Newcastle Upon Tyne 41 53 -12
Sheffield 57 60 -3
Liverpool 3 4 -1
Birmingham 7 7 0
Manchester 6 5 1
Nottingham 11 8 3
City of Bristol 65 62 3
Leicester 22 21 11