Political make-up of local councils in the United Kingdom
This page documents political party strengths in the United Kingdom's principal local authorities (commonly known as local councils). The last major change to council compositions was the 6 May 2021 local elections, but changes in party representation arise frequently due to resignations, deaths, by-elections, co-options and changes of affiliation.
Since April 2020 there have been 404 principal local authorities in the UK. England has 339 councils of seven types: 25 county and 188 district councils (two tiers with separate responsibilities covering the same physical area), 56 unitary authorities plus the sui generis Council of the Isles of Scilly, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 32 London boroughs plus the ancient, sui generis City of London Corporation. Scotland has 32 councils, Wales has 22 councils and Northern Ireland has 11 councils. This list does not include parish and town councils, the lowest tier of local government with limited powers.
The 2020 local government elections in England were postponed until 6 May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Councillors elected in 2021 in elections that would otherwise have been held in 2020 will only serve three-year terms, so that the next elections for those seats will take place in 2024 as they would have without the pandemic.