Association of County Councils

Scope and Content

Signed minutes of the Executive Committee, 1973-1994; County Councils Gazette , April 1974-March 1978; copies of circulars to members, 1991-1997.

Administrative / Biographical History

Following the passing of the 1972 Local Government Act, representatives of the new county councils met on 25 July 1973 where the agreed to form an Association of County Councils (ACC). All county councils in England and Wales were invited to join the Association and to send representatives to a meeting on 24 October where the constitution of the new Association was approved. The ACC took over its full responsibilities on 1 April 1974 when the Act came into force. The committees of the ACC included a Policy Committee, a Local Government Finance Committee and an Education Committee. It also set up a Central Council of Local Education Authorities with the Association of Metropolitan Authorities to provide for greater co-operation between all the local authorities in England and Wales. The ACC ceased to exist in March 1997. In April of that year the Local Government Association (LGA) was set up to represent all local authorities in England and Wales.

Reference: A list of the historical records of the County Councils Association (now the Association of County Councils) compiled by Philippa Bassett as part of a research project funded by the Social Science Research Council (Birmingham: Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, 1980).

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited by the Local Government Association in September 1997 and January 2001.

Other Finding Aids

Please see the full catalogue for further details

Alternative Form Available

Copies of the ACCs monthly publication are available in a number of University libraries: see

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department holds a number or collections relating to local and district government. These include the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (GB 150 AMA) and its predecessor the Association of Municipal Corporations (GB 0150 AMC), which includes records of the Non-County Boroughs Association, together with papers of other local authority associations including the Association of District Councils (GB 150 ADC); County Councils Association (GB 0150 CCA); Rural District Councils Association (GB 150 RDCA); Urban District Councils Association (GB 150 UDCA).