Be a councillor

The council consists of a directly elected mayor and 45 elected councillors across 20 wards.

It operates a system of governance in which the elected mayor has executive powers and is advised by a cabinet of councillors and by council officers.

Local elections are held every four years, with the next elections scheduled to take place in May 2026.

The council supports the Local Government Association’s ‘Be a Councillor’ campaign, which provides information on the work of a councillor, the commitments involved and the routes available for anyone wishing to stand for election. 

More information on becoming a councillor is also available on GOV.UK.