This year, local elections will take place on 2 May and thousands of councillors will be elected across the country.
No every council is having an election – in England its split as follows:
- 33 metropolitan district councils electing by thirds
- 116 district councils holding whole council elections
- 53 district councils electing by thirds
- 30 unitary authorities holding whole council elections
- 17 unitary authorities electing by thirds
- Elections are also being held in many areas for parish, town, community, neighbourhood and village councils
In addition, local elections are being held for all 11 local authorities in Northern Ireland.
Local councils are vital to public relations and public affairs and any organisation working with an audience at a local or regional level.
Vuelio has published Your Guide to Local Elections, which breaks down what different councils and councillors do, the local election timeline, the rules around purdah and the biggest future issues facing councils.
As local councils are responsible for a broad range of services – from education, libraries and highways to local planning, council tax and rubbish collection – few comms teams can afford to ignore them.