Southampton is a Unitary Council. This means that the Council is responsible for all local services and functions within its area. Such services include social services, education, planning and highways matters amongst others. Southampton has 48 Councillors and operates under a Leader and Cabinet model of executive arrangements.
The Leader and the Cabinet oversee the work of the Council and make most of the major decisions of the Council.
Southampton has 48 Councillors and operates under a Leader and Cabinet model of executive arrangements.
The City is divided into 16 Wards each of which have 3 Councillors
The current political composition in Southampton is:
Liberal Democrat 2
Councillors Against Cuts 2
Vacant Post 1
Download a map that shows the councillors and their wards below,
Please see more information on individual Councillors, political groups or wards by using the above link.
Role of Councillors
The role of a Councillor includes
• Member of the Council
• Representing the ward
• Policy and strategy review and development
• Overview and scrutiny - including Inquiries
• As members of regulatory panels, including Planning and Licensing
• Community leadership and engagement
• Representing the City on over 100 boards, partnerships and outside bodies
The Leader of the Council is elected every year at the annual meeting of the council. The Leader then appoints a Cabinet of between two and nine members. The Leader of the Council and Cabinet are supported by Democratic Services.