The next local election is scheduled to take place in 2024.
People who run your council are called councillors. They make important decisions, such as how the council budget is spent and which services are prioritised.
Each councillor is elected for a 4-year term of office and there are 3 councillors representing each council ward in the borough. Councillors are elected every year, over a 4-year cycle (with no elections in the fourth year). This means at each election a third of councillors are elected. Upcoming election years are 2024, 2026, 2027 and on a continued cycle.
Following an electoral boundary review, all 60 councillor seats were contested at the local election in 2022. This meant that electors were able to vote for up to 3 candidates in their ward instead of just one.
At a local election, people will vote to choose who they would like to be their local councillor. The political party with the highest number of councillors usually gets to control the council and takes decisions on how local services are run. Your local councillor will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.
When an election is called, we issue notices to inform the public that it's taking place. We'll update this page when we issue notices for the next election.
More about the next election
- Photo ID and changes to voting in elections - remember you need photo ID to vote at a polling station.
- Terms of office for councillors
- View your local councillors
- Find out if elections are happening for your local council - you can add your postcode to the Electoral Commission website searcher and it will tell you if elections are happening in your area.
- Look out for your poll card - find out when they're being delivered.