Enfield London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Mayor of Enfield
Doris Jiagge, Labour
since 5 May 2022[1]
Leader of the Council
Nesil Caliskan, Labour
since 16 May 2018
Chief executive
Ian Davis
since June 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Alessandro Georgiou, Conservative
Seats63 councillors
Enfield London Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Administration (38)
  Labour (38)
Other parties (25)
  Conservative (25)
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
7 May 2026
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield - geograph.org.uk - 1691861.jpg
Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield

Enfield London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Enfield in Greater London, England. It is one of 32 London borough councils in the United Kingdom capital of London.


A map showing the wards of Enfield since 2002
A map showing the wards of Enfield since 2002

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Enfield area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Enfield on 1 April 1965. Enfield replaced the Municipal Borough of Southgate, the Municipal Borough of Enfield and the Municipal Borough of Edmonton.[2]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Enfield as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Enfield London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.[3]

In 2014 Enfield was the subject of a series of articles in the Guardian about housing policies.[4]

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation, and has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It sets council tax and as a billing authority also collects precepts for Greater London Authority functions and business rates.[5] It sets planning policies which complement Greater London Authority and national policies, and decides on almost all planning applications accordingly. It is a local education authority and is also responsible for council housing, social services, libraries, waste collection and disposal, traffic, and most roads and environmental health.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Dispatch, Enfield (26 May 2022). "New mayor and cabinet confirmed".
  2. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  3. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  4. ^ "The Enfield Experiment". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. Retrieved 9 April 2020.