Brighton and Hove
City of Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove shown within East Sussex and England
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Established||1 April 1997|
|City status||31 January 2001|
|o Type||Unitary authority|
|o Body||Brighton and Hove City Council|
|o Governance||Committee system|
|o Executive||NOC (Labour administration)|
|o Leader||Phelim MacCafferty|
|o Mayor||Alan Robins|
|o MPs||Peter Kyle (L)|
Caroline Lucas (G)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (L)
|o City and unitary authority||33.80 sq mi (82.79 km2)|
|o Urban||34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2)|
|o City and unitary authority||290,885|
|o Density||9,090/sq mi (3,508/km2)|
|o Urban||474,485 (15th)|
|o Urban density||13,740/sq mi (5,304/km2)|
|o Metro||769,000 (15th)|
| o Ethnicity |
|80.5% White British|
8.5% Other White
3.7% Mixed Race
|Time zone||UTC (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
BN (1, 2, 3, 41)
|ONS code||00ML (ONS)|
Brighton and Hove is a coastal city in East Sussex, in South East England. The neighbouring towns of Brighton and Hove formed a unitary authority in 1997, and in 2001 were granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II. Best known as a seaside resort, "Brighton" is often referred to synonymously with the official "Brighton and Hove", although many older locals still consider the two to be different towns. At the 2011 census, the city was England's most populous seaside resort, as well as the largest city in South East England, with a population of 273,369 - an increase of 25,552 (10.3%) since 2001.
The City of Brighton and Hove was formerly two separate towns: Hove and Brighton. The present local authority structure is the result of a number of historic local government reorganisations.
The Great Reform Act of 1832 created the parliamentary borough of Brighton. Brighton was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1854, later becoming a county borough under the Local Government Act 1888; it covered the parish of Brighton and part of Preston. Ovingdean, Patcham and Rottingdean were added to Brighton in 1928.
Hove became a local board of health in the late 19th century, originally covering the parish of Hove. In 1893 the parish of Aldrington was added to Hove local board. Hove became incorporated as a municipal borough in 1898; Hangleton, Preston Rural and West Blatchington were added to Hove in 1928.
In 1972, Both Brighton and Hove became non-metropolitan districts of East Sussex. In 1997, as part of local government reform, the boroughs merged to form a Borough of Brighton and Hove, and this unitary authority was granted city status in 2000.
Elections are held every four years. The last elections occurred on 2 May 2019
The largest group after the May 2019 elections was the Labour group, with 20 elected councillors. They formed a minority administration and agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Green group (19 councillors), to take forward policies shared by both parties.
In July 2020, two Labour councillors resigned from the Labour Party and became independents. The Labour group was therefore no longer the largest group, and political control of the council passed to the Green group. 
In 2013 the council was obliged to finalise single status across its workforce, resulting in a strike of its refuse collectors and street cleaners. Their council reformed their allowances to equalise them with other staff at the organisation conducting similar work.
The Leader of the Council and Green minority administration since July 2020 is Councillor Phelim MacCafferty. 
In 2012 it was revealed that the Brighton and Hove unitary authority has been permanently banned from accessing information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. This information is normally made available to local authorities for purposes such as enforcing parking fines, but access can be withdrawn if they are found to be misusing the service. The Big Brother Watch organisation, which obtained the information about the ban under a Freedom of Information request, claimed that "the public are right to be worried that their privacy is at risk across a range of government services."
The resident population of Brighton and Hove at the 2011 census was 273,369 persons, 50% male and 50% female.
The 2011 census found the ethnic composition of Brighton and Hove to be 89.1% white (80.5% white British, 1.4% white Irish, 7.1% other white), 4.1% Asian (1.1% Chinese, 1.1% Indian, 0.5% Bangladeshi, 1.2% other Asian), 3.8% mixed race (1.5% mixed black/white, 1.2% mixed white/Asian, 1.0% other mix), 1.5% black and 0.8% Arab.
The 2011 census found the religious composition to be 42.90% Christian, 42.42% nonreligious, 2.23% Muslim, 1.00% Buddhist, 0.98% Jewish. 1.66% were adherents of some other religion, while 8.81% did not state their religion.
The Letters Patent of 2001 that confers City status is worded thus:
Elizabeth the second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland & of Our Realms & Territories Queen Head of the Commonwealth Defender of the Faith.
To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Whereas We for divers good causes and considerations Us thereunto moving are graciously pleased to confer on the Towns of Brighton and Hove the status of a city. Now Therefore Know Ye that We of Our especial grace and favour and mere motion do by these Presents ordain declare and direct that the TOWNS OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE shall henceforth have the status of a CITY and shall have all such rank liberties privileges and immunities as are incident to a City. In witness whereof We have caused Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the thirty first day of January in the forty ninth year of our reign.
By Warrant under The Queens Sign Manual.
The economy of the city is service-based with a strong emphasis on creative, digital and electronic technologies. Tourism and entertainment are important sectors for the City, which has many hotels and amusements, as well as Brighton Pier and Shoreham/Portslade Harbour.
The United Kingdom Census 2011 showed a substantial fall in the proportion of the population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Support, from 10.1% of the resident population in 2001, to 4.5% of the resident population in 2011.