About your council

Your council and the Corporate Plan

Each year Brighton & Hove City Council, overseen by 54 locally elected councillors (each representing one of 21 ‘wards’ or areas in the city) spends a total budget of approximately £778 million. This budget is funded through government grants, council tax, business rates, other fees and charges and rents. In turn it is used to employ 9,400 staff (which includes 4,500 who work in our city schools), providing 800 services to the city’s 273,400 residents, 12,650 businesses and 8.5 million annual visitors.

The council works year round to ensure that services are provided routinely and consistently. These should be rated highly by citizens, represent value for money and collectively achieve a common purpose; that of looking after the best interests of the city and of citizens. The council must adapt to meet its biggest challenges; the varied and changing needs of a growing, ageing and diversifying population, as well as the scale of reductions in public spending. The need, therefore, is for the council and the city to become increasingly self-sufficient and sustainable.

The Corporate Plan is our way of setting out the council’s purpose, ambition, values and priorities, describing how we will work to meet them. We recognise from public feedback that the reputation of the council to deliver services and spend public money wisely can and should improve. Our rationale is always that there is room, or necessity, for improvement. Though the funding situation is very challenging we will use this as a driver for innovation, becoming clearer about what the council is here to do and being more efficient in getting it done.

The 2014-15 annual update of the council's Corporate Plan 2011-2015 was approved by Full Council on 27 March 2014.

Introduction to the Corporate Plan from Penny Thompson



A transcript of Penny Thompson's introduction (15kb PDF) is available.

Penny Thompson CBE is the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council. Penny became Chief Executive on 1 December 2012. 

Introduction to the Corporate Plan from Jason Kitcat





transcript of Jason Kitcat's introduction (15kb PDF) is available.


Jason Kitcat is the Leader of the Council, more information about Jason Kitcat and the other councillors can be found on the councillors page


Look at a Corporate Plan summary [PDF 28KB]

Download a copy of the full Corporate Plan [PDF 4.6MB] or explore through the links below to find out more.