|Founded||1 April 1996|
Rod McKerlich, Welsh Conservatives
Sarah Merry, Welsh Labour
Length of term
|First past the post|
|1995 Cardiff Council election|
|2022 Cardiff Council election|
|2027 Cardiff Council election|
|County Hall, Cardiff|
The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Dinas a Sir Caerdydd) has been the governing body for Cardiff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales, since 1996. The council consists of 75 councillors, representing 29 electoral wards. The authority is properly styled as 'the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff', or in common use Cardiff Council. No other style is sanctioned for use on Council documents, although it does occasionally appear wrongly as Cardiff County Council on documents and signage. The City & County itself is usually simply referred to as Cardiff.
After the 2004 election, which changed the control of the council from Labour to No Overall Control, the Liberal Democrats formed a minority administration, led by Rodney Berman. The Liberal Democrats remained the largest party following the 2008 local election, and formed an administration with Plaid Cymru.
In 2012, the Labour Party took overall control of Cardiff council, and remained in overall control following the 2017 elections.
Elections to Cardiff Council take place every five years. The last election was 5 May 2022 (the 2021 elections were postponed to 2022 to avoid a clash with the 2021 Senedd election).
As of 5 May 2022.
|Plaid Cymru/Green Common Ground Alliance
Party with majority control in bold.
|Term of Office||Leader||Party|
|2004–2012||Rodney Berman||Liberal Democrat|
At the age of 31, Huw Thomas became Wales' youngest council leader when he was elected in May 2017.
|2022||79||55||10||11||2*||1^||Labour majority controlled|
|2017||75||40||11||20||3||1||Labour majority controlled|
|2012||75||46||16||7||2||4||Labour majority controlled|
|1999||75||50||18||5||1||1||Labour majority controlled|
|1995||72||61||9||1||1||0||Labour majority controlled|
Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column
The council was run by a Labour majority administration between 1995 and 2004. The Liberal Democrats ran a minority administration from 2004 to 2008, in coalition with Plaid Cymru.
Following the 2008 local elections in Cardiff there was still no party with an overall majority. The Lib Dems increased their total number of councillors to 35, forming an administration with Plaid Cymru, with Rodney Berman as leader of the Council. The Conservatives replaced Labour as the official opposition. Labour suffered badly, losing 14 councillors. Plaid Cymru gained four councillors. Three independent councillors were elected; two former Conservatives who had left the group in 2006 being joined by an additional member.
In 2012 Labour regained control of the council and remained in control following the 2017 elections.
Municipal life in Cardiff dates back to the 12th century, when Cardiff was granted borough status by the Earls of Gloucester. The offices of the mayor, aldermen, and common councillors developed during the Middle Ages.
Under The Local Government Act 1888 Cardiff was one of three Welsh towns granted county borough status, in addition to 13 Welsh county councils. In 1905, Cardiff became a city, and the borough council became a city council.
The City of Cardiff is the county town of Glamorgan. However, prior to 1974, Cardiff was a county borough in its own right and not subject to Glamorgan County Council. Council reorganisation in 1974 paired Cardiff City Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council together as district councils subject to the new county of South Glamorgan.
Further local government restructuring in 1996 to better reflect local identities resulted in Cardiff City's district council becoming a unitary authority: the present Cardiff Council. South Glamorgan County Council had wanted a new "Greater Cardiff" authority to reflect the boundaries of South Glamorgan, but the Conservative government of the time decided to separate the Vale of Glamorgan, which covered a marginal Conservative parliamentary seat.
See also: List of mayors of Cardiff
The first mayor of Cardiff is listed by the County Borough Records as Ralph "Prepositus de Kardi" who took up office in 1126. In 1835, Thomas Revel Guest became the first elected mayor of Cardiff when the first council elections were held. When Cardiff was granted city status in 1905 Cardiff's First Citizen became lord mayor. Robert Hughes, the mayor in 1904, was re-elected to become Cardiff's first lord mayor in the following year. The lord mayor was granted the right to the style "The Right Honourable". The lord mayor now bears the style "The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Cardiff".
In 1999 a new system was introduced whereby the leader of the council could also serve as mayor for the duration of the council without re-election. This led to Russell Goodway serving as both council leader and mayor from 1999 to 2003. From 2004 the mayoralty reverted to a separate role, elected annually.
Since 1999 the post has been held by the following councillors:
|Municipal Year||Lord Mayor||Deputy Lord Mayor|
|2020–||Rod McKerlich (Con)||Lyn Hudson (Con)|
|2019–2020||Daniel De'Ath (Lab) ||Jacqueline Parry (Lab) |
|2018–2019||Dianne Rees (Con)||Rod McKerlich (Con)|
|2017–2018||Bob Derbyshire (Lab)||Daniel De'Ath (Lab)|
|2016–2017||Monica Walsh (Lab)||Georgina Phillips (Lab)|
|2015–2016||David Walker (Con)||Dilwar Ali (Lab)|
|2014-2015||Margaret Jones (Lib Dem)||Ali Ahmed (Lab)|
|2013–2014||Derrick Morgan (Lab)||Margaret Jones (Lib Dem)|
|Sep 2012–2013||Derrick Morgan (Lab)||Keith Jones (Lab)|
|May 2012–Sep 2012||Cerys Furlong (Lab)**|
|2011–2012||Delme Bowen (Plaid)||Jayne Cowan (Ind)|
|2010–2011||Keith Hyde (Lib Dem)||Dianne Rees (Con)|
|2009–2010||Brian Griffiths (Con)||Keith Hyde (Lib Dem)|
|2008–2009||Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem)||Jaswant Singh (Plaid)|
|2007–2008||Gill Bird (Lab)||Brian Griffiths (Con)|
|2006–2007||Gareth Neale (Con)||Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem)|
|2005–2006||Freda Salway (Lib Dem)||Monica Walsh (Lab)|
|2004–2005||Jacqui Gasson (Lib Dem)||Delme Bowen (Plaid)|
|2003–2004||Gordon Houlston (Lab)|
|2002–2003||Russell Goodway (Lab)|
|2001–2002||Russell Goodway (Lab)|
|2000–2001||Russell Goodway (Lab)|
|1999–2000||Russell Goodway (Lab)|
** Following the council elections in May 2012, the position of lord mayor was unfilled, while the new Labour council attempted to split the responsibilities of the mayor between two councillors. Cerys Furlong filled the traditional mayoral roles from 17 May, as chair of the council during this period. The new mayor, Derrick Morgan, took office on 27 September after Furlong resigned her chair post when it became clear the split role proposition was losing support.
Main article: List of electoral wards in Cardiff
The unitary authority area is divided into 28 electoral wards. Many of these wards are coterminous with communities of the same name. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk.
|Ward||Communities||Other geographic areas|
|2||Butetown||Butetown||Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff city centre (part), Tiger Bay, Flatholm|
|4||Canton||Canton||Leckwith, Victoria Park|
|5||Cathays||Cathays and Castle||Blackweir, Cardiff city centre (Castle), Cathays, Cathays Park, Maindy|
|6||Cyncoed||Cyncoed||Roath Park, Lakeside|
|7||Ely||Ely||Culverhouse Cross, Michaelston-super-Ely|
|9||Gabalfa||Gabalfa||Mynachdy, Maindy, Heath|
|10||Grangetown||Grangetown||Cardiff Bay (part), Saltmead, International Sports Village|
|12||Lisvane and Thornhill||Lisvane* and Thornhill||Cefn Onn|
|14||Llandaff North||Llandaff North||Hailey Park, Lydstep Park, Mynachdy, Gabalfa|
|17||Pentwyn||Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn (since 2016)|
|Pentyrch* and St Fagans*||Capel Llanilltern, Coedbychan, Creigiau, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Rhydlafar|
|20||Plasnewydd||Roath||Cardiff city centre (part)|
Old St Mellons
|Old St. Mellons* and Pontprennau||Llanedeyrn Village|
|22||Radyr||Radyr & Morganstown*||Morganstown, Radyr|
|23||Rhiwbina||Rhiwbina||Pantmawr, Rhydwaedlyd, Wenallt|
|24||Riverside||Riverside and Pontcanna||Part of Cardiff city centre, Llandaff Fields, Sophia Gardens|
|26||Splott||Splott and Tremorfa||Pengam Green|
|27||Trowbridge||Trowbridge||St Mellons estate, Cefn Mably, Wentloog|
|28||Whitchurch & Tongwynlais||Tongwynlais* and Whitchurch||Blaengwynlais, Bwlch-y-cwm, Coedcefngarw, Coryton, Cwmnofydd, Graig-goch, Llandaff North|