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About us

"Now is a period of positive change for the council. It's exciting to see what we'll look like in the future."

Shireen Ellyas, Legal Officer

Leicester City Council

At Leicester City Council, we’re more than 12,500 people, all working together to serve the people, communities and businesses of the biggest city in the East Midlands. We have a directly elected mayor and 54 councillors, representing 21 wards.

As a unitary authority, we take decisions that affect thousands of lives every day. From social services and schools, to housing and roads, to setting council tax and providing leisure facilities. Join us and you’ll play a role in improving the lives of the 348,000 people who call Leicester home.

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Our council in numbers

Residents
348,300

residents

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70

languages spoken in the city

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6,105

central council employees

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6,438

school employees

Councillors
54

councillors

Mayor
1

directly elected mayor

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140

apprenticeships established

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10

Rugby Premiership trophies

Rugby trophy
2

European Rugby cups

Premiership trophy
1

Premier League title

Our vision and values

Our vision is that we will work with creativity and drive for the benefit of the people who live and work in our city.

Our values are based on our commitment to build a strong future for our city. We aim to make Leicester an attractive, welcoming and enjoyable city to live, work and do business in. That’s why we’ve established a set of values that will enable everyone who works here to play their part in making it happen.

Accountability

Whatever job you do at the council, you’re responsible for your own performance. This is how we all improve the quality of our own work and the work of the council as a whole.

Clarity

We make all our communications and messages easy to understand. This makes it easier to work as a team and makes sure that our customers - the people of Leicester - understand what we do and why we do it.

Confidence

We lead by example and focus on results. This helps us raise the standard of our work, because confidence breeds success.

Fairness

Being fair is vital in everything we do. We’ll only achieve our aims if we listen to others’ opinions and allow everyone to have their say.

Respectfulness

This is something we take very seriously. It’s important that everyone who works for the council understands how their behaviour affects others.

A brief history of the city

Leicester’s importance was first recognised by the Romans and later by the Danes, who used it as a strategic stronghold to control the Midlands. Since then it has developed into a major commercial and manufacturing centre, known better for the diversity of its trade than for its dependence on a single industry. Take a little trip down memory lane with us.

1100s

Leicester’s political and administrative development begins

1300s

Leicester Town Council grows, using the Medieval Guildhall as the Town Hall for the next 400 years

1545

Leicester’s first grammar school opens

1870s

Leicester born architect Frances J. Hames wins a competition held to design a new Town Hall

1876

The new Town Hall opens. Home to Council Offices, Council Chamber and The Law Courts

1876

The Borough Police move into the basement of the Town Hall, complete with 13 cells

1882

Victoria Park and Abbey Park open

1914

Leicester's first council houses are built

1919

Leicester regains its city status

1957

University of Leicester is established

1992

Leicester Polytechnic becomes Simon De Montfort University

1997

Leicester becomes a unitary authority

2011

Leicester becomes one of only 12 UK cities to have a directly elected Mayor

2012

The bones of King Richard III are found in a Leicester car park

2016

Leicester City win the Premier League with odds of 5,000/1

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What we offer

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between your work life and your private life.

You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate.