About the council

Bridgend County Borough Council is a unitary authority that employs around 5,800 people (including schools) working across the full scope of council services and in partnership with a wide range of organisations.

 

Residents are represented by 54 councillors and the current political administration is comprised as follows:

  • Labour: 26
  • Independent / Independent Alliance: 9
  • Liberal Democrat / Independent Alliance: 1
  • Conservatives: 8
  • Independent: 4
  • Independent / Llynfi Independents: 3
  • Plaid Cymru: 3

The authority has adopted a Leader and Cabinet structure. Every year, the council elects a Leader and appoints the members of Cabinet. While the political representation of the council is diverse, there is broad political consensus on the key features of the council’s future direction – a significant majority supporting the current budget is a prime example of how our parties are working together on behalf of all of our community. You can read more about recent achievements here.

The council is made up of four directorates, three of which are led by Corporate Directors:

  • Chief Executive’s Directorate
  • Social Services and Wellbeing
  • Education and Family Support
  • Communities

Download a structure chart 

The Council Vision is 'One Council working together to improve lives' and our Corporate Plan confirms our objectives as

  • Supporting a successful local economy
  • Helping people to be more self-reliant
  • Smarter use of resources

Our values represent what we stand for and shape how we work:

  • Fair - taking into account everyone's needs and situation
  • Ambitious - always trying to improve what we do and aiming for excellence
  • Citizen-focused - remembering that we are here to serve our local communities
  • Efficient - delivering services that are value for money

Within our Corporate Plan there is a very clear emphasis on ‘working together’ and effective partnership working will continue to be integral to the successful delivery of our priorities. The council is committed to working with key partners within and beyond our boundaries to deliver the best outcomes for our communities and to ensure that Bridgend County Borough’s reputation as a fantastic place to live, work or visit continues to grow.

The council is committed to working with key partners within and beyond our boundaries to deliver the best outcomes for our communities