Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England
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|Metropolitan and non-metropolitan county|
|Number||83 (as of 1 April 2009)|
|Possible status||Multiple districts with no county council (6 metropolitan counties and 1 non-metropolitan county)|
Multiple districts with county council (27 non-metropolitan counties)
Single district with
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politics and government of
Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of
In 2009, there were
|Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England|
The county councils of these were abolished in 1986, but the counties themselves still exist legally. They are used for some administrative and geographic purposes, and are still
There are 28 such counties:
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire, West Sussex, Worcestershire.
All, apart from Berkshire, have
Unitary authorities are areas with only one council, and there are 55 in total.
49 are coterminous with a non-metropolitan county: 43 (Bath and North East Somerset, Bedford, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Central Bedfordshire, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Darlington, Derby, East Riding of Yorkshire, Halton, Hartlepool, Herefordshire, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Luton, Medway, Middlesbrough, Borough of Milton Keynes, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Somerset, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Redcar and Cleveland, Rutland, South Gloucestershire, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Telford and Wrekin, Thurrock, Torbay, Warrington, York) of these are defined as counties with a single district council and no county council; the other 6 (the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire and Wiltshire) are technically counties with a county council and no district councils, but the effect is the same.
The remaining 6 unitary authorities (West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough) are districts of Berkshire, however they are not non-metropolitan counties, as the non-metropolitan county of Berkshire still exists albeit without a county council; this is a unique situation.