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About the Council

Local democracy

56 councillors from 30 wards represent the people of South Kesteven. The district council is currently led by a conservative administration with a significant majority. 

SKDC’s cabinet is comprised of a leader, a deputy leader and five other councillors. They are responsible for various areas including finance & resources, housing & planning, commercial & operations, culture & visitor economy and communities.

SKDC has five priorities. These are growth and the economy, housing that meets the needs of our residents, a clean and sustainable environment, healthy and strong communities and to be a high performing council

Housing that meets the needs of our residents

  • According to figures supplied by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2019, out of a total stock of 63,771 homes, just under a tenth, 9.5% (6046) were provided by the council, with 3.4% (2,152) being provided by private registered providers (previously known as housing associations).
  • Around 1,400 households (1,422) were on the council’s housing register in 2019

Clean and sustainable environment

Classified as a largely rural area by DEFRA, the rural nature of the district has implications for many of the services the council provides, from refuse collection where 20 crews collect 80,000 bins every week from around 64,000 households across the district, to grounds maintenance, where around 200 areas of open space, parks and playing fields are maintained on a regular basis. In September 2019, a climate change emergency was declared by the council. This was underpinned by an ambition to reduce its carbon footprint between now and 2030 and become net-zero carbon by 2050.

Growth and our economy

South Kesteven secured just under £900,000 of Heritage Action Zone funding last September which will be used to restore the cultural heritage of buildings in Grantham Town Centre.

Healthy and strong communities

Lottery South Kesteven, set up by the council two years ago this month, has helped to raise over £120,000 of funding for 110 good causes. The South Kesteven Community Hub, set up in March 2020, worked with the voluntary and community sector to meet the needs of over 2000 vulnerable people during the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

High performing council

During lockdown the council:

  • Awarded just under £28 million in grants to 2,284 businesses
  • Awarded 221 businesses £1.2 million in discretionary grants
  • Made 1,500 calls to vulnerable people