Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England

Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of subdivisions of England used for the purposes of local government outside Greater London and the Isles of Scilly. As originally constituted, the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties each consisted of multiple districts, had a county council and were also the counties for the purposes of Lieutenancies. Later changes in legislation during the 1980s and 1990s have resulted in counties with no county council and 'unitary authority' counties with no districts. Counties for the purposes of Lieutenancies are now defined separately, based on the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties.

Metropolitan and non-metropolitan county
CategoryAdministrative counties
LocationEngland
Found inRegion
Created byLocal Government Act 1972
Created
  • 1974
Number83 (as of 1 April 2021)
Possible types
Possible status
  • Multiple districts with no county council (6 metropolitan counties and 1 non-metropolitan county)
  • Multiple districts with county council (24 non-metropolitan counties)
  • Unitary authorities (50 non-metropolitan counties)
Subdivisions

In 2009 and 2019, there were further structural changes in some areas, resulting in a total of 82 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties. These 82 counties collectively consist of 283 districts or district-level subdivisions, i.e. 36 metropolitan boroughs and 247 non-metropolitan districts.


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