Open Council Data UK

Councils: All GB - County - District - England - London - Metropolitan - Northern Ireland - Scotland - Unitary - Wales
Elections: By-elections - Councils with Elections in 2019
Tight Majorities - Recent Changes
Download as CSV: Councils - Councillors
Email Me - About This Site

I made this site because I couldn't find an up-to-date source for council compositions with accessible data. I'm aware of Local Councils, Keith Edkins' Site and the Vote UK Forum, all of which are fantastic resources, but none meets the requirements of being up-to-date and providing an accessible data format.

This site uses webscraping to grab the names, parties and wards of councillors from council websites. A handful of council websites provide information only in PDFs or through non-machine readable Javascript shenanigans and I try to keep those up-to-date manually. Although for some people web scraping can have negative connotations, in this case I pay a visit to a council webpage roughly once a month, so the method has no negative impact.

May I?
I've made the site and the CSV databases Open Data (download links above), using a Creative Commons license.

Lots of information sources on councils will use the term "No Overall Control". I consider this to be journalistic code for either "Not yet decided" or "We couldn't be bothered to check". In reality many councils are run by a coalition of parties, so although I've kept references to NOC where there's no majority, I've also added the coalition in control (if I can be bothered to check, of course).

If you find this site useful or have ideas for how it could be used for the public good, my email link is at the top.