South Gloucestershire is a unitary authority in the South West of England and covers the area once part of the northern section of Avon, including several suburban areas in south and east Bristol. It was established in 1996 when the old county of Avon was abolished. Prior to the establishment of Avon in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, the area that is now South Gloucestershire was part of the shire county of Gloucestershire.
As well as parts of suburban Bristol, South Gloucestershire (or South Glos as it’s often abbreviated) also covers many towns, villages and hamlets including Thornbury, Iron Acton, Severn Beach, Tytherington, Warmley and Almondsbury. Since the 2010 general election, the county has consisted of three constituencies: Thornbury and Yate, Filton and Bradley Stoke; Kingswood.
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South Gloucestershire is the county in which the M4 and M5 motorways meet and is home to some of the UK's largest corporate employers, including GKN Aerospace, Airbus, Rolls Royce, EE, Hewlett Packard, RAC Motoring Services and GE Capital. The Ministry of Defence is also a major employer in South Gloucestershire, as is the University of the West of England.
South Gloucestershire has a population of 271,556, which accounts for 5% of the population of the South East of England.
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