May 2021 polls: councils list

Elections take place on May 6 2021 at 143 councils in England, comprising:

  • 28 unitary authorities
  • 35 metropolitan boroughs
  • 59 non-metropolitan districts
  • 21 county councils.

See separate Council elections advisory for details of nominations and results coverage.

See note below this list for information on which councils have elections for all or a third of their seats this time.

Unitary: 28

Blackburn with Darwen

Bristol

Buckinghamshire

Cornwall

Derby

Durham

Halton

Hartlepool

Isle of Wight

Kingston-upon-Hull

Milton Keynes

North East Lincolnshire

North Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Peterborough

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Reading

Shropshire

Slough

Southampton

Southend-on-Sea

Swindon

Thurrock

Warrington

West Northamptonshire

Wiltshire and

Wokingham

Metro: 35

Barnsley

Bolton

Bradford

Bury

Calderdale

Coventry

Doncaster

Dudley

Gateshead

Kirklees

Knowsley

Leeds

Liverpool

Manchester

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

North Tyneside

Oldham

Rochdale

Rotherham

St Helens

Salford

Sandwell

Sefton

Sheffield

Solihull

South Tyneside

Stockport

Sunderland

Tameside

Trafford

Wakefield

Walsall

Wigan

Wirral

Wolverhampton

Non-Met: 59

Adur

Amber Valley

Basildon

Basingstoke & Deane

Brentwood

Broxbourne

Burnley

Cambridge

Cannock Chase

Castle Point

Cheltenham

Cherwell

Chorley

Colchester

Crawley

Eastleigh

Elmbridge

Epping Forest

Exeter

Fareham

Gloucester

Gosport

Harlow

Hart

Hastings

Havant

Hyndburn

Ipswich

Lincoln

Maidstone

Mole Valley

North Hertfordshire

Norwich

Nuneaton & Bedworth

Oxford

Pendle

Preston

Redditch

Reigate & Banstead

Rochford

Rossendale

Rugby

Runnymede

Rushmoor

St Albans

Stevenage

Stroud

Tamworth

Tandridge

Three Rivers

Tunbridge Wells

Watford

Welwyn Hatfield

West Lancashire

West Oxfordshire

Winchester

Woking

Worcester

Worthing

County council: 21

Cambridgeshire

Derbyshire

Devon

East Sussex

Essex

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Hertfordshire

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Norfolk

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Warwickshire

West Sussex

Worcestershire

Seats up

English local authority elections take place on four-year cycles. Some councils have a single poll once every four years when all seats are up for election, others have polls in three of the four years with a third of the seats up each time and a few have polls for half the seats every two years. Sometimes all-up elections take place following boundary changes or council mergers.

Details of which councils have elections that are all-up, by thirds or by halves will be provided here in due course.