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About the council

Newport City Council is a unitary authority responsible for the administration of all areas of local government within a single tier for a given area.

A single tier authority has the power to provide all local government services.

The council was formed as a county borough in 1996 and obtained city status in 2002.

It is the eighth largest council in Wales, providing all major services such as education, leisure, housing, social services, planning and highways.

See the location of the Civic Centre, Newport

There are 50 councillors and following the May 2012 election these are 37 Labour, 10 Conservative, 2 Independents and 1 Liberal Democrat.

The Mayor of Newport is elected by order of seniority and holds office for a year while the Leader of the Council is elected annually by the majority group of council members.

The seniority list (pdf) shows how long members have served the council.

The Leader’s role includes the role of Chair of Cabinet.

View questions to Council

View questions to the Leader

View questions to the CM for People and Business Change

View questions to the CM for Regeneration & Investment

Councillor annual reports 

As part of the Welsh Government’s 2011 Local Government (Wales) Measure, local authorities are required to provide council members with the opportunity to share their activities during the past municipal year.

Where a council member has decided to do this, these annual reports are displayed on the councillor profile page. 

Council business

The council employs approximately 6454 people (5120 full time equivalent) and has an annual revenue budget of around £300 million.

The council’s chief executive and strategic directors oversee the delivery of services.

The annual report and accounts show the financial performance for all activities undertaken by Newport City Council.

View forthcoming council meetings and the corporate plan which sets out the council’s priorities.