Your local councillors


Councillors are your local elected representatives. Most councillors are members of a political party. Councillors who are not members of a political party are called 'independents'.

There are 54 local councillors elected to Brighton & Hove City Council. 

  • 23 are Labour & Co-operative
  • 20 are Conservative
  • 11 are Green

The city is divided into 21 wards. Each ward is represented by two or three councillors. 

Councillors carry out a variety of roles. First and foremost they are elected to represent their ward and bring residents' views into the council decision-making process. Some also guide council policy through the various policy committees, while others scrutinise the work of the council through Overview & Scrutiny. Many councillors represent the council in outside bodies such as the Local Government Association and the Fire Authority.

Councillors have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk their councillor face to face and these take place on a regular basis.

Although councillors are not paid a salary, as elected representatives they are entitled to an annual allowance that is reviewed by the Independent Remuneration Panel. A table of councillors’ allowances is also published annually for public viewing.

Anyone can become a councillor. If you are interested in doing so yourself, find out more about standing as a candidate.

The next local election is on the 2 May 2019.

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