Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

A third of the seats in Solihull were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 10 Total councillors 32 Change+1

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 11 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 4 Change-2

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 Change+1

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 1 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Rise in home schooling presents challenge for council

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Irwin

Concerns have been raised about how to keep on top of the increasing numbers of children who are being home-schooled in Solihull.

Solihull Council House
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The number of borough youngsters being taught at home is understood to have increased by almost 90% over the course of three years, mirroring the national trend.

Mental health issues, religious background or an attempt to avoid a pupil being excluded are some of the reasons cited for the increase.

At a meeting, Councillor Ken Meeson said the local authority could prove support but acknowledged that there were concerns about the action that could be taken in the event that education was deemed inadequate.

Tenancy fraud cases cost council £1.58m

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Irwin

Dealing with just 17 cases of tenancy fraud could have saved Solihull Council £1.58m, a report has revealed.

Solihull Council House
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The local authority has taken back more than a dozen council houses since April 2017 as part of its investigations into dishonest behaviour by tenants.

Council house fraud covers cases including sub-letting a property without permission and continuing to occupy a property where someone had passed away, without the right to do so.

A further 34 cases are currently being investigated in the borough.

Thousands face wait to replace cracked bins

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Irwin

Thousands of residents in Solihull with cracked wheelie bins are being warned it could be several more weeks before they're replaced.

Solihull Council House
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The borough council says it's been inundated with requests for replacements because of a major manufacturing fault.

The defect, which means the bins are prone to splitting, first became apparent to the authority in 2015, but it says the cold winter has seen a dramatic increase in reports.

Residents can now get a free replacement by reporting their problem online but the council, which says the supplier's covering the cost, adds that it could take up to 20 days to get one.

Elections 2018: 'Shock' results in Solihull

Local Democracy Reporting Service

David Irwin

Two party leaders and a former mayor have lost their seats on Solihull Council in a day of shock results for the borough.

Solihull count
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While the Conservative group has increased its overall majority by one, it did suffer a defeat in its traditional stronghold of Castle Bromwich.

This was offset by a double gain from the Lib Dems, with veteran councillor and group leader John Windmill (Olton) losing his seat.

In Kingshurst & Fordbridge, there was victory for Labour, who defeated UKIP leader Debbie Evans to take back the seat they lost four years ago.

Leader of Solihull Council and the ruling Tory group, Cllr Bob Sleigh, said he was pleased to have increased the majority.

Will Labour struggle to gain new ground?

Patrick Burns

Political editor, Midlands

Latest polls suggest Labour will have retained those councils they currently hold, but may struggle to gain much new ground.

This in itself would pose serious questions for Jeremy Corbyn’s party at a time in the electoral cycle when those parties that are in opposition at Westminster need to demonstrate significant support in local government as a platform for the build-up towards the next general election.

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The Conservatives will hope to limit the damage in some places and gain ground in others in order to offset expected losses elsewhere in the country, especially in London.

The Green Party have again been mounting a concerted challenge. They were the official opposition in Solihull’s outgoing council and have fielded more candidates than UKIP across our region as a whole.