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Brighton and Hove

Unitary authority area and city in East Sussex, England

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Brighton and Hove

City of Brighton and Hove
From top, left to right: Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion, Volk's Electric Railway, i360 observation tower, Clock Tower
Brighton and Hove shown within East Sussex and England
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Location of Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove (the United Kingdom)
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Brighton and Hove (Europe)
Coordinates: 50°49′40″N 0°09′10″W / 50.82778°N 0.15278°W / 50.82778; -0.15278Coordinates: 50°49′40″N 0°09′10″W / 50.82778°N 0.15278°W / 50.82778; -0.15278
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Country  England
RegionSouth East England
Historic county  Sussex
Ceremonial countyEast Sussex
Administrative seatHove
Established1 April 1997
City status31 January 2001
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyBrighton and Hove City Council
 • GovernanceCommittee system(G)
 • ExecutiveNOC (Green administration)
 • LeaderPhélim MacCafferty
 • MayorAlan Robins
 • MPsPeter Kyle (L)
Caroline Lucas (G)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (L)
 • City and unitary authority33.80 sq mi (82.79 km2)
 • Urban
34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2)
Area rank229th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • City and unitary authority290,885
 • Rank45th
 • Density9,090/sq mi (3,508/km2)
 • Urban
474,485 (15th)
 • Urban density13,740/sq mi (5,304/km2)
 • Metro
769,000 (15th)
 • Ethnicity
(2011 Census)
80.5% White British
8.5% Other White
3.7% Mixed Race
3% Asian
1.5% Black
1.1% Chinese
0.8% Arab
2.1% Other
Time zoneUTC (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode areas
BN (1, 2, 3, 41)
ONS code00ML (ONS)
E06000043 (GSS)
ISO 3166-2GB-BNH

Brighton and Hove (/ˈbrtən ...ˈhv/) is a coastal city in East Sussex, 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. It is the most populous settlement in the South East England region.

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.[1]

Brighton and Hove Intro articles: 1


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,[2] 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.

Portslade-by-Sea was added to Hove in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972.


In 1972, Both Brighton and Hove became non-metropolitan districts of East Sussex.[3] In 1997, as part of local government reform, the districts merged to form a Borough of Brighton and Hove, and this unitary authority was granted city status in 2000.[4]

In 2014, Brighton and Hove formed the Greater Brighton City Region with neighbouring local authorities.[5]

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City Council

Political composition

Elections are held every four years. The last elections occurred on 2 May 2019[6]

Party Councillors
Green 19
Labour 18
Conservative 13
Independent 4
Total 54
Source: [1]

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.[7]

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. [8]

Industrial relations

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.[9]


The Leader of the Council and Green minority administration since July 2020 is Councillor Phélim MacCafferty. [10]

The mayor of Brighton and Hove for 2020-21 is Councillor Alan Robins.[11] Geoff Raw is the current chief executive.[12]

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The first census of Brighton was in 1801.

The resident population of Brighton and Hove at the 2011 census was 273,369 persons, 50% male and 50% female.[13]

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.[14]

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.[14]

In the 2001 census, Brighton and Hove had the highest percentage of citizens indicating their religion as Jedi among all principal areas of England and Wales.[15]

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Wording of the Letters Patent

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.[16]

Overview of "Letters Patent" article

Economy and demography

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.[17]

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See also


  1. ^ "2011 Census: Usual resident population" (PDF). Brighton and Hove City Council. 2011. p. 3. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Incorporation". My Brighton and Hove. 3 January 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  3. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  4. ^ Morgan, Warren (7 January 2017). "The evolution of Brighton and Hove". www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ "City Deal; The beginning of a great city region". Brighton and Hove City Council. 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Brighton & Hove local elections results 2019". Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Brighton & Hove local elections results 2019". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Update: Green administration for Brighton & Hove City Council". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Allowances modernisation". Brighton & Hove City Council. Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  10. ^ "The leader". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  11. ^ "The Mayor of Brighton & Hove | Brighton & Hove City Council". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  12. ^ "The Chief Executive". Brighton and Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Brighton & Hove City Snapshot – Summary of Statistics 2014" (PDF). Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Brighton and Hove Local Authority (1946157280)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  15. ^ "2001 Census". statistics.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 9 January 2007.
  16. ^ "The Brighton & Hove crest". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  17. ^ Key Statistics: Population; Quick Statistics: Economic indicators Archived 11 February 2003 at the Wayback Machine. (2011 census and 2001 census) Retrieved 2015-02-27.

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