Brighton and Hove City Council

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Brighton and Hove City Council
Arms of Brighton and Hove City Council
Coat of arms
Brighton and Hove City Council logo
Corporate Logo
Founded 1 April 1997
Preceded by East Sussex County Council
Cllr Dee Simson
Since 18 May 2017
Leader of the council
Cllr Daniel Yates, Labour
Since 21 May 2015
Leader of the opposition
Cllr Geoffrey Theobald, Conservative
Convenor of the Green Group
Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, Green
Chief Executive
Geoffrey Raw
Seats 54 councillors
Brighton and Hove City Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (22)
Other parties
     Conservative (20)
     Green (11)
     Independent (1)
Joint committees
Greater Brighton City Board
Length of term
4 years
First past the post, multi-member
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Brighton Town Hall
Hove Town Hall

Brighton and Hove City Council is the local authority of the city of Brighton and Hove. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Brighton and Hove is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Brighton and Hove City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Party in minority lead
Labour 1996–2003
No overall control 2003–present Labour 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–2011
Green 2011–2015
Labour 2015–present

The Green led council from 2011-2015 was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.[2]


When Brighton Borough Council and Hove Borough Council merged in 1996 the wards were carried over from the respective councils who had both been under East Sussex County Council.

There were originally 26 Wards each with three councillors totally 78 councillors in the newly created Brighton and Hove Borough Council: Brunswick and Adelaide, Goldsmid, Hangleton, Hanover, Hollingbury, Kings Cliff, Marine, Moulsecoomb, Nevill, North Portslade, Patcham, Portslade South, Preston, Queens Park, Regency, Rottingdean, Seven Dials, St. Peters, Stanford, Stanmer, Tenantry, Vallance, Westbourne, Westdene, Wish, Woodingdean

Ward of Brighton and Hove Borough Council 1996 - 2003

The 2001 boundary review [3][4][5] reduced the wards to 21 Wards with a mix of two or three councillors each totalling 54 councillors for the then city council. These boundary were used in the 2003 election for the first time with the following wards: Brunswick and Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Hangleton and Knoll, Hanover and Elm Grove, Hollingbury and Stanmer (which then became Hollingdean and Stanmer in 2007), Stanford (which became Hove Park in 2007), Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, North Portslade, Patcham, Preston Park, Queen's Park, Regency, Rottingdean Coastal, South Portslade, St Peter's and North Laine, Westbourne, Wish, Withdean, Woodingdean.

Future structure

In October 2017, it was announced that the city council was to merge with Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group to form a Health and Social Care Integration Board: the merge, commencing in April 2018 and culminating in a full merger a year later, is intended to prevent the duplication of work and streamline provision of health and social care within the city.[6]

Results of the 2003 elections with new ward boundaries


  1. ^ "Brighton & Hove". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Go Green for first Green-led council in UK". Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  3. ^ - The City of Brighton and Hove (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Your Local Councillors". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Councillors & Meetings". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  6. ^ le Duc, Frank (12 October 2017). "Brighton and Hove council to merge with NHS commissioning body". Brighton and Hove News.
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