An entity to which TDMHMR delegates its authority and responsibility within a specified region for planning, policy development, coordination, and resource development and allocation, and for supervising and ensuring the provision of services.
The tier of government which manages the delivery of services in specific areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Scotland, Wales and parts of England have "single tier, all purpose councils" which deliver all services. These include Unitary Authorities, Metropolitan or London Borough Councils. In the rest of England a two tier systems exists in which two separate councils divide responsibilities between district and county councils. For more information go to http:// www.lga.gov.uk/Briefing.asp?lsection=120&id=SXF656-A77F5AD1&ccat=120 which includes a table showing which services each type of authority is responsible for.
In general terms 'local authority' can refer to any local government area in the UK. In the Neighbourhood Statistics context, however, it only refers to the lower tier of local government. This includes non-metropolitan districts, metropolitan districts, unitary authorities and London boroughs in England; unitary authorities in Wales; council areas in Scotland; and district council areas in Northern Ireland. Counties, the upper tier of English local government, are not included.
Planning is normally the responsibility of the Local Planning Authority - usually the District Council or London Borough Council. National Parks and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are also planning authorities. Look up your local council in the phone book. Planning often comes under Environmental Services.
Local authority (LA) is a generic term for any level of local government in the UK. In geographic terms LAs therefore include English counties, non-metropolitan districts, metropolitan districts, unitary authorities and London boroughs; Welsh unitary authorities; Scottish council areas; and Northern Irish district council areas.