Wandsworth London Borough Council
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Coat of Arms
Council logo
Mayor of Wandsworth
Jeremy Ambache, Labour
since May 2022
Leader of the Council
Simon Hogg, Labour
since May 2022
Deputy Leader
Kemi Akinola, Labour
since May 2022
Leader of the Opposition
Will Sweet, Conservative
Chief executive
Mark Maidment
Seats60 councillors
Wandsworth Council composition.svg
Political groups
Administration (35)
  •   Labour (35)

Opposition (23)

First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
Meeting place
Wandsworth Town Hall-13492313114.jpg
Wandsworth Town Hall

Wandsworth London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Wandsworth in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Wandsworth is divided into 20 wards, each electing three councillors. After the May 2022 election, 35 of these councillors were Labour and 22 were Conservatives, with 1 independent. The Conservatives had an overall majority on the council since 1978, until Labour won control in the 2022 election.


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

There have been many local authorities responsible for the 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 Wandsworth on 1 April 1965. Wandsworth replaced the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth and about half of the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea, the rest being the former civil parishes of Clapham and Streatham, becoming the south of the London Borough of Lambeth.[1]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Wandsworth 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. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Wandsworth London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Wandsworth became an education authority in 1990. 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.[2]

From 1992 to 2011, Wandsworth was an early adopter of 'Thatcherite' policies of privatisation of street cleaning and refuse collection, and sale of council housing,[3][4][5] under the leadership of Edward Lister.[6][7] Between 2007 and 2010 11% of the "affordable" homes built in Wandsworth were for social rent – the lowest in the whole of London.[8] Many ex-council homes became owned by concentrated and absent private landlords.[9][10][11]

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.[12] 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.[13]


Wandsworth London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.[14]

Summary results of elections

Main article: Wandsworth London Borough Council elections

The Labour Party won the first election in 1964, and also in 1971 and 1974. In plenary votes and committee-leading the Conservative Party held power from 1978 until 2022, when Labour regained control after 48 years.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  2. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  3. ^ "Boris Johnson's key advisers". The Times. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  4. ^ Dave Hill. "Edward Lister: Boris's Thatcherite? | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Putney's Local Web site". Putneysw15.com. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  6. ^ Hill, Dave (8 June 2011). "Edward Lister: Boris's Thatcherite?". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Lister joins Boris as Deputy Mayor". Wandsworth Council. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ Dave Hill. "Edward Lister: why Wandsworth is wonderful | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  9. ^ "GMB - Monument to Mrs Thatcher's legacy". Archive.gmb.org.uk. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  10. ^ "WANDSWORTH: Council tax going up | Wandsworth Times". Wandsworthguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  11. ^ Tom Barnes @thomas_barnes (19 February 2019). "Conservative London borough council with one of lowest tax rates in country 'exploiting' low-paid workers, union claims". The Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Wandsworth election result". BBC News. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.