Sheffield City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Sioned-Mair Richards, Labour
since 18 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Terry Fox, Labour
since 19 May 2021
Deputy Leader
Julie Grocutt, Labour
since 19 May 2021
Chief executive
Kate Josephs
Leadership Model
Seats84 councillors
Sheffield City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (82)
  Labour (39)
  Green (14)
  Liberal Democrats (29)
Opposition (2)
  Conservative (1)
  Independent (1)
Joint committees
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
Meeting place
Sheffield Town Hall.jpg
Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield City Council is the city council for the metropolitan borough of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. It consists of 84 councillors, elected to represent 28 wards, each with three councillors. It is currently under No Overall Control, with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party each holding chair positions in a proportionate number of committees, with Labour chairing four Committees, the Liberal Democrats chairing three and the Greens chairing two.[1]


The council was founded as the Corporation of Sheffield in 1843, when Sheffield was incorporated (see History of Sheffield). In 1889, it attained county borough status and in 1893 city status. In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972, reconstituted the City Council as a metropolitan district council of South Yorkshire, governed also by South Yorkshire County Council. It established a system of 90 councillors, three to each of 30 wards. This was reduced in 1980 with the merger of the Attercliffe and Darnall wards to 87 councillors in 29 wards.

In 1986, the abolition of metropolitan county councils saw Sheffield City Council become a unitary authority, the modern equivalent of the county borough it had been before 1974.

In 2004, the local wards were completely reorganised, producing 28 new wards and 84 councillors.

In April 2014, the Sheffield City Council voted to recognize the right to self-determination of Somaliland, an autonomous region in northwestern Somalia, the first city council to do so. The gesture is purely ceremonial and carries no legal weight.[2] The UK government and the international community officially recognise Somaliland as a part of Somalia.

In August 2019, a governance petition was submitted to the council, asking for a referendum on changing the council's governance system.[3] The petition, organised by the Sheffield community group It's Our City!, was signed by over 26000 people (approximately 6.6% of the Sheffield City Council electorate). In September 2019 this petition was accepted as valid under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011, forcing the council to hold a referendum on changing the council's executive arrangements from the Leader and Cabinet system to a Committee system.[4] The referendum was postponed from May 2020 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and took place on 6 May 2021, with 65% voting for change to a Committee system.[5]

Political control

For historic political control and leadership, see Sheffield City Council elections.

Since 2021 the council has been under no overall control. At the 2021 elections, Labour lost its majority on the council, and its leader, Bob Johnson, lost his seat on the council. A coalition between Labour and the Greens was formed to run the council, with Labour's new leader Terry Fox taking the role of leader of the council.[6] Following the 2022 election, the Liberal Democrats joined Labour and the Greens in the ruling administration.[7]

Council as service provider and employer

Sheffield City Council provides approximately 550 services to its citizens. It is also a major employer in the city, with more than 8,000 employees, including all state school staff in its role as Local Education Authority (LEA). In April 2021 the Sheffield Star published a list of seven Council employees earning more than £100k-a-year.[8]

Services and employees are organised into four portfolios:[9]

The Council is responsible for 16 cemeteries across the city.[10]

Other functions are performed by partners and contractors of the council:[11]

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (July 2022)

See also


  1. ^ "Labour, Greens and the Liberal Democrats agree collaborative way". Sheffield News. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Somaliland Hails British Step Forward in Independence Bid". VOA. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Sheffield City Council's deputy leader quits over referendum calls".
  4. ^ "Democracy petition forces Sheffield to hold referendum".
  5. ^ "Sheffield City Council Governance Referendum". Sheffield Council. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Sheffield City Council: Labour and Green coalition to run authority". BBC News. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Labour, Greens and the Liberal Democrats agree collaborative way forward". SheffNews. Sheffield City Council. 18 May 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  8. ^ Bent, Lloyd (7 April 2021). "The seven workers who earn over £100k-a-year at Sheffield city council – full list". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 8 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Management Team". Sheffield City Council. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  10. ^ Sheffield City Council, Cemeteries, accessed 21 July 2022
  11. ^ "Sheffield City Council - Major Contracts". Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.