An introduction to the role local government plays.
Hillingdon Council, with its headquarters at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, is one of the 32 London boroughs (and the City of London Corporation). The 32 boroughs run most of the day-to-day services across Greater London. They are responsible for education, housing, social services, street cleaning, waste disposal, roads, local planning and many arts and leisure services. Among other things they:
- Run more than 2,500 schools, educating nearly a million children.
- Provide care and support for 35,000 older people in residential nursing homes.
- Provide care and support for more than 10,000 youngsters in residential children's homes and foster homes.
- Own and maintain more than half a million houses and flats - one in six of all homes in London.
- Look after 95% of London's highways.
- Collect 4½ million tons of waste from homes and businesses each year. About 9% of this is recycled and boroughs are working hard to increase that percentage.
- Pay £175 million a year for the Freedom Pass scheme, providing free travel on buses, tubes and trains for a million older and disabled Londoners.
- Run nearly 400 public libraries. Over 51 million visits are made to London's public libraries each year.
- Employ nearly a quarter of a million people, 59% of them full-time.
- Deal with more than 80,000 planning applications a year.
- Follow up nearly 50,000 complaints a year about noisy neighbours.
- Spend more than £130 million a year on sport and recreation.
Boroughs do not run police or health services, but operate in partnership with these authorities.
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