Political structure

Political leadership is provided by the councillors who are elected by voters living in the District. The District Council is made up of 43 councillors (sometimes called members) who are each elected every four years to represent District Wards. The next elections are scheduled to take place on 4 May 2023.

The people who stand for election as councillors may belong to one of the national political parties or to a local political party, or they may be completely independent of a political party. Upon election, councillors may form political groups which may be the same or different to their political party but there must be at least two members to form a political group. 

North Kesteven District Council is controlled by the North Kesteven Administration (NKA) Political Group. 

The 43 seats are currently broken down as follows and the calculated allocation of seats on committees is based on the representation of these political groups.

Political structure
Group
 Seats
The NK Administration Group 28
NK Independents Group (Lincolnshire Independents and Independents)
11
Unaligned
2
 Vacancy 2

Once elected, the Councillors in turn elect their own Leader, who then appoints an Executive Board. In December 2010, the Council voted to adopt the Strong Leader and Executive model in line with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. This means that the Leader of the Council is elected by Full Council for a 4-year term.

The Executive Board is at the heart of the day-to-day decision making process. Major items of policy, such as the setting of the Council’s budget, are decided by all Councillors at the Full Council meeting. The Executive Board has a key role in proposing the budget and policy framework to the Council.

Further information on the Executive Board including Member Areas of Responsibility.

A full breakdown of the Political Management Structure can be found in the downloads section.