How the council works
Kent operates in a two-tier system, meaning there is Kent County Council, which is responsible for certain services across the whole county and 12 borough, city and district councils, responsible for different services in the areas they cover. You may also have a parish council in your area. Kent has over 300 parish and town councils who provide a variety of services to their local community. All tiers work together to deliver services across Kent.
You, our residents, as well as the elected members and the staff who work here are all essential in decision making and making sure services are delivered.
Residents have an important role in how the council works.
Every 4 years there are elections, and your votes decide who makes up the council.
- Find out more about the 2021 elections.
We regularly engage with you about our services through consultations or forums to find out what matters to you, and your opinions on our plans.
- View how you can have your say.
- Sign up to our residents e-newsletter to get the latest news and updates.
County councillors, also called elected members, are elected by you and represent an area of Kent. They also may be given certain responsibilities to carry out for the council. This could be to sit on committees or be part of the cabinet.
- Search for your councillor.
- Find out what the cabinet is and what they do.
- View committees and meetings, including how to watch council meetings online.
Councillors are the decision and policy makers. They use information from officers at the council and represent the views of their residents to help them do this.
- The constitution sets out how the council operates and decisions are made.
- The Chairman is the civic and ceremonial head of the council and chairs the meetings of full county council.
Council officers are paid employees of the council who do the day-to-day work and deliver the services. They have a responsibility to provide information, facts and figures to elected members to support their decision-making. Once decisions are made, officers are then responsible for implementation and making sure services are delivered to residents.