Local Authority

The structure of local government varies from area to area in England.

Description

A Local Authority  is an ORGANISATION.

The structure of local government varies from area to area in England. In some areas there are two layers or tiers:

  1. a County or Shire Council as the upper tier and

  2. a District, Borough or City Council as the lower tier.

In other areas there is just a single tier made up of a 'Unitary Authority'. Unitary Authorities may have adopted any of these names. In London each borough is a Unitary Administration with a status similar to that of Metropolitan Districts, with the London Assembly providing strategic, city-wide government.

A Local Authority is responsible for a range of services for both individuals and business which include:

  • Health Services

  • Social Services

  • Education

  • Planning

  • Waste disposal, recycling and collection

  • Trading standards

  • Roads, highways and transportation

  • Housing

  • Environmental Health

  • Approving planning applications

  • Enforcing health, safety, environment and trading standards requirements etc

From April 2013:

For the purposes of the Organisation Data Service, the definition for a 'Local AuthorityORGANISATION   is based on (but is not exactly the same as) the definition given within the Local Government Act, as follows:

A " Local Authority", in relation to England is:

Across Wales, there is a single tier system of Unitary Authorities (Councils).

Note that the Scotland Councils and Northern Ireland Councils are not included within the Organisation Data Service  data set.

Also Known As

This NHS business definition is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Plural Local Authorities
Short name LA

Where Used

Type Link How used
Attribute ACCOMMODATION STATUS CODE references in description Local Authority
Data Element ACCOMMODATION STATUS CODE references in description Local Authority
Supporting Information Activity Location Type Codes references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Care Quality Commission references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Care Trust references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Clinical Commissioning Group references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Community Bed-based Intermediate Care references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Community Safety Partnership references in description Local Authority
Data Set Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) Data Set references in description Local Authority
Attribute DISCHARGE DESTINATION references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Discharge Ready Date references in description Local Authority
Class EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Education Health and Care Plan references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Educational Psychologist references in description Local Authority
Attribute FINANCIAL ALLOCATION OR SPEND TYPE FOR STOP SMOKING references in description Local Authority
Data Set HIV and AIDS Reporting Data Set references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Health Care Provider references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Health and Wellbeing Board references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Healthwatch England references in description Local Authority
Supporting Information Integrated Care System references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Local Authority references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Local Healthwatch references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Looked after Child references in description Local Authority
Data Element MENTAL HEALTH DELAYED DISCHARGE REASON references in description Local Authority
Attribute MENTAL HEALTH DELAYED DISCHARGE REASON references in description Local Authority
Data Set NHS Breast Screening Programme Central Return Data Set (KC63) references in description Local Authority
Attribute NHS CONTINUING HEALTHCARE COMMISSIONED SERVICES INDICATOR references in description Local Authority
Data Element ORGANISATION CODE (RESIDENCE RESPONSIBILITY) references in description Local Authority
Data Element ORGANISATION IDENTIFIER (RESIDENCE RESPONSIBILITY) references in description Local Authority
Data Element ORGANISATION IDENTIFIER (RESPONSIBLE LOCAL AUTHORITY MENTAL HEALTH DELAYED DISCHARGE) references in description Local Authority
Data Element ORGANISATION IDENTIFIER (STOP SMOKING SERVICE PROVIDER) references in description Local Authority
Supporting Information Organisation Coding Frames references in description Local Authority
Supporting Information Organisation Site Coding Frames references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Parish references in description Local Authority
Data Element RESIDENT ELIGIBLE WOMEN TOTAL (UPPER TIER LOCAL AUTHORITY) references in description Local Authority
Attribute SOURCE OF ADMISSION references in description Local Authority
Data Element SOURCE OF ADMISSION CODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) references in description Local Authority
Attribute SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR A and E references in description Local Authority
Data Element SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR A and E references in description Local Authority
Data Element SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR COMMUNITY references in description Local Authority
Attribute SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR COMMUNITY references in description Local Authority
Data Element SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION references in description Local Authority
Attribute SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION references in description Local Authority
Data Element SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR NHS CONTINUING HEALTHCARE references in description Local Authority
Attribute SOURCE OF REFERRAL FOR NHS CONTINUING HEALTHCARE references in description Local Authority
Data Element STOP SMOKING SERVICE LOCAL AUTHORITY FINANCIAL ALLOCATION references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Secure Children's Home references in description Local Authority
Data Set Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Data Set references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Specialist Community Public Health Nurse: School Nurse references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Stop Smoking Service references in description Local Authority
Data Set Stop Smoking Services Quarterly Data Set references in description Local Authority
NHS Business Definition Sustainability and Transformation Partnership references in description Local Authority
Data Element WOMEN RECALL CEASED TOTAL (UPPER TIER LOCAL AUTHORITY) references in description Local Authority