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Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk
Suffolk
Suffolk is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. The North Sea lies to the east...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. It is run by 72 elected county councillors representing 63 divisions. 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%.

Responsibilities


Suffolk County Council is responsible for major services which are provided countywide. These include:
  • Business and trading standards: enforcing fair trading laws, protecting consumers and giving advice.
  • 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: library services, archives and support for arts and museums.
  • Public safety: fire fighting, rescue and emergency services, safety advice.
  • 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.
  • Transport and streets: maintaining and improving Suffolk's roads, footpaths and public rights of way, road safety, public transport co-ordination.

Shared services


Responsibility for some services is shared between the county council and borough, district and parish councils in Suffolk, including:
  • Conservation
  • Economic promotion
  • Emergency planning
  • Museums and the arts
  • Public transport
  • Street cleaning
  • Tourism

Elections


The council is run by a Conservative
Conservative Party (UK)
The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

 majority. The last election was held on 4 June 2009. Previous elections include:
  • Suffolk County Council election, 2009
  • Suffolk County Council election, 2005
  • Suffolk County Council election, 2001

Controversy


In 2011 controversy surrounding the CEO Andrea Hill
Andrea Hill
Andrea Hill was Suffolk County Council's Chief Executive from March 2008 to July 2011, when she left the authority by mutual agreement. During that time she was the subject of intense local and national media interest, starting with the controversy of her salary of £218,592 - approximately £70,000...

featured in local and national press (including £122,000 spent on management consultants), leading to her disciplinary hearing and resignation.

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