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About Southwark Council

The London Borough of Southwark is made up of 21 wards. Three councillors are elected from each ward, making a total of 63 councillors. The Labour party currently has 48 councillors, the Liberal Democrat party has 13 and the Conservative party has two. Elections for the council are held every four years. The last election took place on 22 May 2014. The leader of the council is Cllr Peter John OBE (Labour). The council employs officers to carry out its policies and run services. Officers are managed by the Chief Executive. The council is made up of five departments.

Southwark has an ethnically diverse and youthful population.  The mid-year population estimate for 2012 estimated the population of Southwark to be 293,530, with 58 per cent aged 35 or under. Southwark has the highest proportion of residents in the country who were born in Africa (12.9 per cent), as well as a significant population from Latin America, with 75 per cent of reception-age children from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. Over 120 languages are spoken in Southwark, with 11 per cent of households having no member of the household who has English as a first language. Southwark has the 9th highest population density in England and Wales at 9,988 residents per square kilometre.


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