Telford and Wrekin Council
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Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Cllr Raj Mehta, Labour
since 19 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Cllr Shaun Davies, Labour
since 27 May 2016
Chief Executive
David Sidaway
since January 2020
Seats54 councillors
Telford and Wrekin Council composition
Political groups
  • Administration
  •   Labour (35)
  • Other Parties
  •   Conservative (14)
  •   Liberal Democrats (4)
  •   Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
"Protect care and invest to create a better Borough"

Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority of Telford and Wrekin in Shropshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The district of Telford and Wrekin was granted borough status in 2002, though the council does not ordinarily include "Borough" in its name.

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, the Telford and Wrekin is within a non-metropolitan area of England.

As a unitary authority, Telford and Wrekin 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.

The council is currently made up of 35 Labour councillors, 14 Conservative councillors, 4 Liberal Democrats councillors and 1 Independent councillor. There are currently no councillors elected for any other political party.

There are seven roles within the council. A councillor apart from the party under administration of the Council (Labour) may be appointed to:

The cabinet is the main decision-making body of the Council with executive powers for all matters, except those held by the full council or those reserved to regulatory committees (such as planning and licensing applications). The cabinet has a key role in budget proposal and policy framework for the Council to adopt.

As of June 2022, the cabinet is chaired by Cllr Shaun Davies (Leader of the Council), with ten cabinet members each having responsibility for a particular area of the Council's work.[1]

Political control

Further information: Telford and Wrekin local elections

Party in control Years
  Labour 1997–2006
  No overall control 2006–2008
  Conservative 2008–2011
  Labour 2011–present


  1. ^ "Your Councillors". 15 June 2022.