Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the local authority of Stoke-on-Trent, a unitary authority in the West Midlands region. As a unitary authority it has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. As such, it is administratively separate from the rest of Staffordshire.

The council area elects 44 Councillors from 29 wards. Following the May 2019 local elections, Stoke-on-Trent City Council comprises 16 Labour councillors, 15 Conservative councillors, 12 City Independent councillors, and one non-aligned independent councillor. It is led by a coalition of Independent and Conservative councillors.[2]

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Whole council elected every four years
Arms of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Founded1 April 1974
Cllr Lillian Dodd
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ann James, City Independents
since 17 May 2018[1]
City director
David Sidaway
since 1 April 2016
Seats44 councillors
Political groups
     City Independents (12)
     Conservative (15)
Other Parties
     Labour (16)
     Non-aligned (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent

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, Stoke-on-Trent is a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Stoke-on-Trent 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 control

Since the first election in 1973 political control of the council was held by the following parties:[3] The council is currently under the leadership of leader Cllr Ann James (City independents) and deputy leader Cllr Abi Brown (Conservative).

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–2002
No overall control 2002–2004
Labour 2004–2006
No overall control 2006–2011
Labour 2011–2015
No overall control 2015–present

Directly elected mayor

The executive function of Stoke-on-Trent City Council was controlled by a directly elected mayor of Stoke-on-Trent from 2002 to 2009, the position having been established by referendum on 2 May 2002. The position was abolished by referendum on 23 October 2008 and formally ceased to exist the following year.

Party in control Years
Independent 2002–2005
Labour 2005–2009


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2008 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election

The 2008 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election for the Stoke-on-Trent City Council took place on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election.

2010 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election

Elections to Stoke-on-Trent City Council took place on 6 May 2010, coinciding with the national General election. One third - 20 seats - of the council were up for election.

2011 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election

Elections to Stoke-on-Trent City Council took place on 5 May 2011. This election was the first following an Electoral Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The total number of councillors became 44 (down from 60) in a mixture of single and multi-member wards (31 single member wards, 5 two member wards and 1 three member ward). The former election by thirds (i.e., one third of councillors up for election in each of three years out of a four-year cycle) was replaced by whole council election every fourth year.

2015 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election

The 2015 Stoke-on-Trent City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Stoke-on-Trent City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections and the general election.

Ford Green Hall

Ford Green Hall is a Grade II* listed farmhouse and historic house museum in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The oldest parts of the house date from the late 16th century, with one wing being either added or greatly repaired at some point in the early 18th century. In its grounds, there also stands an 18th-century dovecote which shares the listed building status of the main farmhouse.The house stands on land adjacent to the B5051 minor road in the east of Smallthorne. Originally, it stood in 36 acres (150,000 m2) of farmland, but this has been gradually encroached upon over the years so that now it is surrounded by comparatively small grounds. Beyond its grounds there is now housing and a nature reserve.

George Stevenson (British politician)

George William Stevenson (born 30 August 1938) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

In 1984 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Staffordshire East. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent South at the 1992 general election. He stood down from the European Parliament in 1994 and left the UK parliament at the 2005 general election. He was succeeded as MP for Stoke-on-Trent (South) by Rob Flello of the Labour Party.

He had previously been deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. In 2002, Stevenson stood for the Labour Party in the first election for a directly elected Mayor for Stoke-on-Trent, losing to the independent candidate Mike Wolfe, a former Labour Party member.

Hulton Abbey

Hulton Abbey is a scheduled monument in the United Kingdom, a former monastery located in what is now Abbey Hulton, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent. A daughter house of the Cistercian Combermere Abbey, the abbey was founded by Henry de Audley in the early 13th century. Throughout its life, the abbey was relatively small and poor, with one of the lowest incomes of all Staffordshire religious houses. The abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, with its land and assets being sold.

Little remains of the abbey today, but continued excavations have revealed the foundations of a number of the principal claustral buildings, as well as human burials. In 1963, Hulton Abbey was designated a scheduled monument, under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, however due to its poor condition it is considered Heritage at Risk. The site is now owned and managed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Jack Brereton

Jack Edgar Brereton (born 13 May 1991) is a British politician, sitting as Conservative Party MP for the Stoke-on-Trent South constituency since the 2017 general election and a councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

List of lord mayors of Stoke-on-Trent

The position of Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent is largely ceremonial. The role of Lord Mayor is decided upon by a vote amongst the elected councillors of Stoke-on-Trent City Council; the candidates are also selected from the councillors. The current Lord Mayor is Councillor Lilian Dodd.

Longton Interchange

Longton Transport Interchange serves the town of Longton, Staffordshire, England. The interchange is adjacent to Longton railway station.

The interchange was opened in 2003 at a cost of £637,000. The building was part funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, with £140,000 of funding being paid by Tesco. Tesco's contribution was part of the conditions put in place when the council approved planning permission for a supermarket in the town centre.The main operators at the station are First Potteries, Wardle Transport, Copeland Tours and D&G Bus & Coach. Buses run from the bus station around the Potteries area and as far as Alton Towers.

Luke v Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Luke v Stoke-on-Trent City Council [2007] EWCA Civ 761 is a UK labour law case, concerning the test for an implied term.

Martin Dent (academic)

Martin Dent, OBE (11 July 1925 - 2 May 2014) was an English academic who was the co-founder with retired diplomat William Peters of Jubilee 2000; an international coalition movement in over 40 countries that called for cancellation of third world debt by the year 2000.

The son of Geoffrey and Marian Dent, he was born in Harlow, Essex and was educated at Eton College, Trinity College, Cambridge where he gained a degree in history and economics and Worcester College, Oxford. After national service in the Garhwal Rifles regiment of the Indian Army he was a colonial civil servant in Nigeria where he helped to quell unrest and became a hero to the Tiv people. He then spent the rest of his career from 1963 to 1990 as a lecturer in the Department of Politics at Keele University. He received the Gandhi International Peace Award from the Gandhi Foundation in recognition of his efforts and of the success of the Jubilee 2000 campaign. In 1992 he was the Liberal Democrat General Election candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency and served as councillor for East Valley ward of Stoke-on-Trent City Council between 2002 and 2004.

Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

The Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent was an executive mayoralty that existed from 2002 to 2009, when the executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council was a directly elected mayor. The authority was unique in being the only authority in England with an elected major and council manager. The first mayor was Mike Wolfe, a former manager of the Citizen's Advice Bureau in the city. He had stood as an independent, but was defeated by Mark Meredith representing the Labour Party in 2005. A referendum was held on 24 October 2008. Residents voted in favour of a return to the council leader and cabinet system. There was controversy when it was revealed three years later that plans to close a swimming pool in the city had been agreed privately by the former major.

Samuel Clowes (Labour politician)

Samuel Clowes (17 September 1864 – 25 March 1928) was an English Labour Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1924 to 1928.

Born in Milton, Staffordshire, Clowes was secretary of the National Society of Pottery Workers from 1916. He also served as president of the National Council of Pottery Industry.Clowes was a supporter of the Labour Party, and served on Stoke-on-Trent City Council. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Hanley division of Stoke-on-Trent at the 1924 general election. He held the seat for four years, until his death in 1928, aged 63.

Start Up Citywide

Start Up Citywide is an agency funded through the British Government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and is located in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England.

NRF monies, allocated to multi-agency Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in areas assessed as suffering from the greatest levels of deprivation, aim to support social regeneration and to reduce relative deprivation in those areas (such as health inequalities, educational underachievement and high crime rates).

Start Up Citywide addresses the educational underachievement and worklessness strands amongst others, and works with parents of children up to age 16 to help them re-engage with training and move them closer to, and into, employment. To date well over 2000 parents within Stoke-on-Trent have been service-users, receiving advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis on training and employment related issues.

Part of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire YMCA, Start Up Citywide has a partnership agreement with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to offer services from Phase I Children's Centres within the City. This means that the agency's support workers are available throughout the City and help work to address issues of worklessness.

Barriers which prevent parents moving into training and work are identified and an individual action plan is developed by the service-user's support worker. Advice is then given and referrals are made, where appropriate, to other agencies who can help with the process. Courses are also offered by the programme and support is given to remove barriers such as childcare costs and transport.


Stoke-on-Trent (often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by the federation of six towns in 1910. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent where the main centre of government and the principal railway station in the district were located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The other four towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton, and Fenton.

Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections

Stoke-on-Trent is a unitary authority in Staffordshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. Between 2002 and 2009 it also had a directly elected mayor.

Wedgwood Memorial College

Wedgwood Memorial College was a small residential college in Barlaston, near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. The college was owned and operated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council until it was closed down by the Council in March 2012. It still houses the centre of Esperanto education at Estoril House.

There is also a similarly named building in Burslem, the Wedgwood Institute, which is sometimes called the "Wedgwood Memorial Institute". This is a completely separate institution.

The college, a member of the Adult Residential Colleges Association, offered short courses in literature and languages (French, German and Esperanto); political science and history; and art, art history and architectural history. Wedgwood Memorial College had a non-circulating library with 15,000 volumes available for research and private study.

The buildings were also rented out for weddings, parties and small conferences, with eight rooms available that accommodated from ten to 40 people per room. One of these rooms is the Montagu C. Butler Library, located in Esperanto House on the grounds of the college.

William Aucock

William Aucock (1882 – 1937) was a British trade union leader.

Born in Burslem, Aucock completed an apprenticeship as a potter, and became active in trade unionism. He became an organiser for the National Society of Pottery Workers, and then won election as the union's president. He served on the Management Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions, serving as its chair from 1932 until 1934, and then becoming a trustee of the organisation.Aucock was a supporter of the Labour Party, and in 1921 he was elected to Stoke-on-Trent City Council. One of three councillors sponsored by the Pottery Workers, he took 75% of the vote, making his the safest seat in the city.

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