A local authority whose area is a county. A county council has certain exclusive responsibilities (e.g. education, fire services, highways, and refuse disposal) and shares others (e.g. recreation, town and country planning) with the councils of the districts in its area. The Local Government Commission for England began work in 1992 on restructuring local government areas with a view to establishing single-tier local authorities (see unitary authority), which has led to the abolition of certain county councils.
Subjects: History — Law.