Cannock Chase is a local government district in England. It covers a large part of Cannock Chase forest and the towns of Cannock, Rugeley and Hednesford.
There are several parish and town councils in the district:Rugeley
Brereton and Ravenhill
Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
Cannock, which covers around 30% of the population, includes the parish of Bridgtown but the rest of Cannock is unparished.
Until the 2010 general election the parliamentary constituency of Cannock Chase consisted of Cannock Chase district plus the adjacent village of Huntington. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, and both Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District.
Since 2011, Cannock Chase has formed part of both the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (along with neighbouring authorities Birmingham, Bromsgrove, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest), and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Labour Party has controlled the district council since gaining an overall majority in the 2012 elections. The table below shows the status of the parties since the beginning of 2010. This includes district council election results, highlighted in red, as well as defections.
As Labour currently has an absolute majority on the council, they control all nine of the cabinet portfolios which are as follows: