Cornsay Village and Cornsay Colliery are within the Esh & Witton Gilbert division of Durham County Council, represented by two councillors.
Hamsteels is within the Deerness division, represented by three councillors.
Mid Durham Area Action Partnership
The Parish is within the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) area. The AAP brings together as many people as possible to work towards improving our area. Members include the Council, Police, Fire Service, health services, community organisations, voluntary groups, businesses and local people with an interest in their community.
The Parish is within the North West Durham parliamentary constituency.
The Parish is covered by the Consett Neighbourhood Policing Team of Durham Constabulary.