The Council

The council remains at the forefront of civic leadership for Brighton & Hove.

 

The council’s Corporate Plan outlines what we believe is the way ahead for Brighton & Hove City Council. It’s a time of considerable change in the council.


The combined pressures of a growing population, increased demand for services and funding reductions necessitate a very different approach. In part it requires us to release control of a number of activities, collaborating with partners and encouraging and enabling citizens to be active and do more for themselves. The council must remain at the forefront of civic leadership for Brighton & Hove and our services must adapt to changing needs and expectations. That means ensuring they are accessible (meeting growing digital expectations) and customer focused. We have set ourselves clear criteria on which we will judge our performance – success will see the following achievements:

  • A good life: Ensuring a city for all ages, inclusive of everyone and protecting the most vulnerable. 
  • A well-run city: Keeping the city safe, clean, moving and connected. 
  • A vibrant economy: Promoting a world class economy with a local workforce to match. 
  • A modern council: Providing open civic leadership and effective public services. 


A shared vision

The city’s vision is the council’s vision. If we are to fulfil our civic leadership role it’s essential that we share the same vision as our city, and therefore we have adopted the city’s partnership vision, principles and priorities for the council’s own Corporate Plan. 

Our shared vision is: Brighton & Hove – the connected city. Creative, dynamic, inclusive and caring. A fantastic place to live, work and visit.

Our priorities are shared with city partnerships and focus our specific efforts to meet our purpose.

  • Economy, jobs & homes
  • Children & young people
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Community safety & resilience
  • Environmental sustainability
     

Visit the BH Connected website to find out more about the city partnership.

Each year the council, overseen by 54 locally elected councillors (each representing a particular area or Ward of the city) spends a budget of approximately £760 million. This budget is made up from council tax, business rates, other fees and charges and Government grants. In turn it is used to employ 9,500 staff (including those who work in the city’s schools), providing more than 700 services to the city’s 273,400 residents, 12,650 businesses and 11 million annual visitors. 

The city’s vision is the council’s vision. If we are to fulfil our civic leadership role it’s essential that we share the same vision as our city, and therefore we have adopted the city’s partnership vision, principles and priorities for the council’s own Corporate Plan.