The council is made up of an elected assembly of 126 councillors accountable to nearly 520,000 people in County Durham. We are responsible for providing a wide range of public services to the people of the county.
We also represent and promote the interests of County Durham when dealing with regional, national and international affairs. Through effective local government, we allow local people to look after their own affairs and to decide how and where money is best spent in their area.
Our powers and responsibilities are determined by Parliament with county council elections held every four years. The most recent election was held in May 2013 and the next one is expected to be held in 2018.