About us

With a workforce of about 6121 staff, including schools, Croydon Council is one of the largest employers in the borough. The council also makes a significant contribution to the local economy

How the council is funded

Funding is provided in three main ways.

  • About two thirds of the money comes from central Government, including a share of business rates
  • A small proportion comes from other income including parking permits and leisure facility fees
  • The rest comes from council tax, which is set locally

Visit our budgets and spending pages to find out more.


The council provides a large number of services for local people, businesses and visitors to the borough, including services for children and adults, and environmentalculturalsportshousingplanning and benefits services.


The borough is split into 28 electoral wards, and local elections are held every four years. View a map of the wards and local councillors.


The council comprises three main political functions, the Executive (Leader and Cabinet), Committees, and Scrutiny.

The Elected Mayor and Cabinet

The Elected Mayor and their Cabinet are responsible and accountable for shaping policies and plans and recommending them to the council for approval. Cabinet also gives direction to departmental directors on the way services are managed and the budgets allocated to them.

Find out more about the Elected Mayor's role.


Six non-executive committees take decisions relating to planning, licensing, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and officers, staffing issues, tenders, property transactions, liaison with local utility companies and internal audit.


Scrutiny holds the council executive functions to account. Examining aspects of council performance, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee also increasingly involves other local agencies which contribute to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local population.

For more information on the council and its committees visit our democracy and elections web page.