Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council is the local government body responsible for the governance of the City of Birmingham in England, which has been a metropolitan district since 1974. It is the most populated local council in the United Kingdom (excluding counties) with, following a reorganisation of boundaries in June 2004, 120 Birmingham City councillors representing over one million people, in 40 wards.[2] This means that Birmingham is technically the largest city in the United Kingdom. The council headquarters are at the Council House in the city centre. The council is responsible for running nearly all local services, with the exception of those run by joint boards. The provision of certain services has in recent years been devolved to several council constituencies,[3] which each have a constituency committee made up of councillors from that district.

Birmingham City Council
Council logo post-2015
Founded1 April 1974 (1974-04-01)
Preceded by
  • Birmingham City Council (County Borough of Birmingham)
  • Sutton Coldfield Borough Council
Cllr Muhammad Afzal, Labour
since May 2021
Leader of the council
Cllr Ian Ward, Labour
since 11 September 2017
Deputy Leader
Cllr Brigid Jones, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Robert Alden, Conservative
Chief Executive
Deborah Cadman OBE (Interim)
since June 14 2021
Seats101 councillors[1]
Political groups
Administration (65)
  Labour (65)
Other parties (36)
  Conservative (27)
  Liberal Democrat (8)
  Green (1)
Joint committees
West Midlands Combined Authority
Last election
  • 2014 (one third of councillors)
  • 2015 (one third of councillors)
  • 2016 (one third of councillors)
  • 2018 (all councillors)
Next election
  • 2022 (all councillors)
Meeting place
Council House, Birmingham