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About Carlisle City Council

The City Council has 52 Councillors who serve 22 Wards across the Carlisle District.

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Following local elections in May 2015 the political make up of the City Council is:

  • 27 Labour Councillors;
  • 20 Conservative Councillors;
  • 1 Liberal Democrat Councillor;
  • 4 Independent Councillors.

Currently the Labour Party holds the majority of seats on the Council.

Each Ward within the Carlisle District is represented by between 1 and 3 City Councillors in both the urban and rural areas. You can find a map of Wards and Councillors in the downloadable documents to the right.

Carlisle City Councillors are elected for four-year terms by thirds; that is, at each election, a third of the Councillors (or as near as possible) are elected. Elections are held every year except in the year when the county council election is held. There will therefore be elections in 2017 and 2018.

The Leader of Carlisle City Council

Councillor Colin Glover

Cllr Colin Glover was appointed as the Leader of Carlisle City Council on Tuesday, 16 July 2013.

A ward councillor for Currock, Cllr Glover previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Council and was Portfolio holder for Economy and Enterprise.

The Executive

The Executive meets normally on a four-weekly cycle, with the Leader overseeing the agenda and the Key Decisions of the Executive to be considered by the Executive.

The Leader has a set of powers and responsibilities that he has delegated to both Portfolio Holders and Officers in the Scheme of Delegation document (Section 2b)

Under the Executive arrangements, the full council is responsible for setting the City Council’s budget and its policy framework within which the Executive must operate.

Regulatory Committees

Elected Councillors have important roles in terms of discharging the many regulatory or ‘quasi-judicial’ responsibilities of the Council.  These functions include planning and building control applications; licensing of hackney carriage/private hire and public entertainment/amusement venues; recommendations to Council regarding pay and conditions for employees.

These regulatory committees are discharged by the regulatory boards and committees, namely;

  • Development Control Committee (meets every 5 weeks)
  • Regulatory Panel (meets every 5 weeks)
  • Licensing Committee (meets quarterly)
  • Employment Panel (meets as and when required)

For details of meeting dates and membership of each committee please select the committee and year on the Committee meetings page.

Find out about the Council’s Licensing function.

More information on the Council’s Planning function


Overview and scrutiny is an important part of local government, and is at the heart of a councillor's role as an elected representative. In this section you will find details about the Overview and Scrutiny Panels and their work, links to other scrutiny web pages, and find out how you can become involved.

Scrutiny aims

The aim of overview and scrutiny is to make decision-making processes more transparent, accountable and inclusive and to improve services for people by being responsive to their needs. For scrutiny to be effective, the process must be open, fair, constructive and positive. The aim is to challenge decisions so improvements can be made, not to apportion blame when things go wrong.

The scrutiny process should be inclusive and should aim to ensure that all those who wish to contribute - whether as councillors, officers, co-optees, specialists or members of the public giving evidence - feel valued and are able to speak freely and openly.

Overall, overview and scrutiny is about making a difference and improving the lives of the people who live and work in Carlisle.

  Scrutiny FAQ

Subject Reviews

Subject reviews provide the opportunity to carry out in depth analysis of particularly challenging on problematic issues affecting the Council and the community.  This work is usually carried out by a small group of Members who are referred to as a Task and Finish Group.

By its nature, subject review will entail a good deal of work which can last several months.  The Task and Finish Group can employ different ways of working to learn about a subject.  For example they can go on site visits, carry out mystery shopping and hold informal meetings.  Often the main meetings in a subject review are “evidence sessions” – in these the Task Group will ask detailed questions of expert witnesses who they have invited specially. 

At the end of the subject review, the Task and Finish Group will produce a report detailing their findings and will usually make a number of recommendations.  These recommendations are presented to the Council’s Executive and any other agencies affected.  Actions on the recommendations are monitored by the scrutiny panel to see it they have been put into practice and what improvements in service have resulted.

Subject Reviews

Please contact the Overview and Scrutiny Officer for the final reports of subject reviews:

  • Litter Bins
  • Recycling
  • Hate Crime
  • Support for Community Centres
  • Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
  • Saving Paper
  • Talkin Tarm

This A to Z of services list provides links to service pages alphabetically