Merseyside contains the metropolitan boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. The metropolitan county council was abolished in 1986 and replaced by a joint board of the five metropolitan boroughs.
The services that are run by the joint board include the:
- Merseyside Police
- Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
- Merseytravel (who are also responsible for the Merseyrail network)
- Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
- Merseyside Pension Scheme, administered by Wirral Borough Council, with offices in Liverpool
The individual councils are responsible for services such as:
- rubbish collection
- Council Tax collections
- planning applications
List of Councils on Merseyside
There are 5 councils within the Merseyside area:
Cheshire is a ceremonial county meaning there is no county-wide elected local authority, Cheshire has a Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff for ceremonial purposes.
Local government functions apart from the Police and Fire/Rescue services are carried out by four smaller unitary authorities: Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, and Warrington.
Policing and fire and rescue services are still provided across the County as a whole, but by unelected bodies.
List of Councils in Cheshire