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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Council structure


We provide the majority of council services in County Durham. Find out more information about us and the services we deliver.

To deliver our services, there are five directorates:

As well as a service area for communications and marketing.

Our services range from teaching young people to caring for our older residents, from lending the latest best sellers to protecting 900-year-old documents' from fixing road bridges to creating bridges in our communities, from helping children to swim to helping adults into work, from planting trees in nature reserves to recycling paper from our homes. In fact, any local service you can think of, we probably have a hand in it somewhere.

We have a budget of around £1.3billion, which helps us provide services for more than 513,000 people. We have over 18,000 staff, 39 libraries, 10 leisure centres, six swimming pools, 15 children's centres and 10 hubs, 78,000 street lights and 270 schools.

Management structure

Our senior management team is:

  • John Hewitt - Chief Executive (interim)
    • Jane Robinson - Corporate Director of Adult and Health Services
    • John Pearce - Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services
    • Alan Patrickson - Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Climate Change
    • Amy Harhoff - Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth
    • Paul Darby - Corporate Director of Resources (interim)
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