Local authorities on Twitter – 395 to 301

This is the first in a series of posts on local authorities’ use of Twitter. Over the next week we’re counting down local authorities according to their followers.

It’s not that we think that Twitter is the be-all-and-end-all of political communication, but as we’ve suggested before – in relation to think tanks, central government, trade bodies and directly elected mayors – social media is a cheap and easy way to engage stakeholders, and even to open-up policy research and development. So which local authorities are seizing the opportunities of social media, and which aren’t (those marked with ‘n/a’ in the table below)? Let us know if we’ve got anything wrong and we will of course correct it – and we welcome your thoughts.

No. Local authority Twitter name No. of followers No. of tweets
301 Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council @MerthyrCBC 825 470
302 Woking Borough Council @wokingcouncil 796 59
303 Carlisle City Council @CarlisleCC 785 326
303 Test Valley Borough Council @TestValleyBC 785 302
305 Blaby District Council @BlabyDC 777 973
306 Derry City Council @derrycc 766 126
307 North Lanarkshire Council @NLanarkshire 755 0
307 Tendring District Council @Tendring_DC 755 479
309 Newport City Council @NewportCouncil 752 355
310 Waverley Borough Council @WaverleyBC 727 736
311 Barking and Dagenham Council @lbbdcouncil 723 288
312 Teignbridge District Council @Teignbridge 721 425
313 Surrey Heath Borough Council @Surreyheath 717 1.572
314 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council @RedcarCleveland 707 843
315 Newtownabbey Borough Council @NewtownabbeyBC 698 679
316 Stafford Borough Council @Staffordbc 670 292
317 Melton Borough Council @MeltonBC 657 1,127
318 Breckland District Council @BreckCouncil 610 624
319 Hyndburn Borough Council @HyndburnCouncil 604 754
320 Craven District Council @CravenCouncil 602 340
321 Stroud District Council @StroudDC 570 220
322 Hartlepool Borough Council @HpoolCouncil 568 648
323 Adur District Council @adurandworthing 558 440
323 Charnwood Borough Council @CharnwoodBC 558 885
323 Worthing Borough Council @adurandworthing 558 440
326 West Lindsey District Council @WestLindseyDC 520 914
327 Spelthorne Borough Council @SpelthorneBC 511 88
328 Forest of Dean District Council @FoDDC 503 324
329 Derbyshire Dales District Council @derbyshiredales 502 1,427
330 Mansfield District Council @MDC_News 498 355
331 West Somerset District Council @wsomerset 493 549
332 Rutland County Council @rutlandcouncil 479 541
333 Carmarthenshire County Council @CarmsCCPress 472 412
334 Canterbury City Council @TweetCanterbury 443 111
335 Cookstown District Council @visit_cookstown 437 376
336 Haringey Council @haringeycouncil 436 117
337 Bridgend County Borough Council @BridgendCBC 434 402
338 Bassetlaw District Council @BassetlawDC 432 55
339 West Oxfordshire District Council @WodcNews 429 373
340 South Norfolk District Council @SNorfolkCouncil 428 303
341 Cotswold District Council @CotswoldDC 413 523
342 Ceredigion County Council @CeredigionCC 409 349
343 Barrow in Furness Borough Council @BarrowCouncil 402 402
343 Sevenoaks District Council @SDC_newsdesk 402 151
345 Horsham District Council @HorshamDC 392 420
346 Malvern Hills District Council @MHDCcomms 391 67
347 Mid Suffolk District Council @MidSuffolk 386 267
348 Western Isles Council @cne_siar 368 44
349 Wyre Forest District Council @WyreForestDC 359 428
350 Harborough District Council @HarboroughDC 336 340
351 Newham Council @NewhamLondon 328 170
352 Chesterfield Borough Council @ChesterfieldBC 317 87
353 Rochford District Council @RochfordDC 313 546
354 Castle Point Borough Council @CastlePointBC 307 170
355 High Peak Borough Council @HighPeakBC 297 179
356 Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames @RBKingston 294 98
357 Rushmoor Borough Council @RushmoorCouncil 290 291
358 Amber Valley Borough Council @OurAmberValley 282 216
359 South Northamptonshire District Council @SNorthantsC 279 154
360 Uttlesford District Council @UttlesfordDC 265 141
361 West Devon Borough Council @WestDevon_BC 258 193
362 Broadland District Council @BroadlandDC 256 203
363 Epsom and Ewell Borough Council @EpsomEwellBC 253 274
364 East Hampshire District Council @EastHantsDC 242 59
365 Arun District Council @ArunDistrict 235 293
366 Erewash Borough Council @ErewashBC 211 34
367 Craigavon Borough Council @craigavonc 208 325
368 Huntingdonshire District Council @huntsdc 189 56
369 Tewkesbury Borough Council @TewkesburyBCgov 188 283
370 Boston Borough Council @Bostonboro 187 220
371 Sedgemoor District Council @SedgemoorDC 185 238
372 Havant Borough Council @HavantBorough 180 118
373 Torridge District Council @torridgedc 171 221
374 Somerset County Council @SomersetCouncil 147 0
375 East Cambridgeshire District Council @liveastcambs 146 151
376 Forest Heath District Council @forestheath 118 16
377 Mid Devon District Council @MidDevonDC 118 26
378 Newry and Mourne District Council @newrymournedc 96 51
379 Chiltern District Council @ChilternCouncil 88 32
380 Mid Sussex District Council @MSDCNews 83 0
381 Dartford Borough Council @dartfordcouncil 79 0
382 Carrickfergus Borough Council @CarrickfergusBC 72 76
383 Coleraine Borough Council @ColeraineBC 61 90
384 Down District Council @DownDCofficial 60 136
385 Waltham Forest Council @WalthamForestCo 40 1
386 South Bucks District Council @SouthBucksDC 34 13
387 North Dorset District Council @northdorset 33 4
388 Shetland Islands Council @ShetIslandsCll 26 17
389 South Holland District Council @SHollandDC 24 0
390 Antrim Borough Council @AntrimBCouncil 23 0
391 Oadby and Wigston Borough Council @Oadby_Wigston 4 5
392 Moyle District Council @moylecouncil 3 2
393 Gravesham Borough Council @graveshambc 1 0
394 Harrogate Borough Council @HarrogateBC 0 0
394 Kettering Borough Council @Kettering_BC 0 0
  Ards Borough Council n/a    
  Armagh City Council n/a    
  Ashfield District Council n/a    
  Aylesbury Vale District Council n/a    
  Ballymena Borough Council n/a    
  Ballymoney Borough Council n/a    
  Banbridge District Council n/a    
  Broxbourne Borough Council n/a    
  Castlereagh Borough Council n/a    
  Christchurch Borough Council n/a    
  Corby Borough Council n/a    
  Dorset County Council n/a    
  Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council n/a    
  Fermanagh District Council n/a    
  Gosport Borough Council n/a    
  Hart District Council n/a    
  Isle of Anglesey County Council n/a    
  Isles of Scilly Council n/a    
  Larne Borough Council n/a    
  Limavady Borough Council n/a    
  Lisburn City Council n/a    
  Magherafelt District Council n/a    
  Mendip District Council n/a    
  North Down Borough Council n/a    
  North Norfolk District Council n/a    
  North West Leicestershire District Council n/a    
  Omagh District Council n/a    
  Purbeck District Council n/a    
  Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council n/a    
  Ribble Valley Borough Council n/a    
  Runneymede Borough Council n/a    
  South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council n/a    
  Staffordshire Moorlands District Council n/a    
  Strabane District Council n/a    
  Taunton Deane District Council n/a    
  Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council n/a    
  Wellingborough Borough Council n/a    
  West Dorset District Council n/a    
  Weymouth and Portland Borough Council n/a    




One Comment on “Local authorities on Twitter – 395 to 301”

  1. We have updated the list to add South Norfolk Council (@SNorfolkCouncil) who appear at no 340 on our list. Thanks to @SusieinNorfolk for pointing this out to us.


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