Hartlepool: Two councillors elected for the Labour Party have left the group over internal problems. They are Allan Barclay (Manor House ward) and Sandra Belcher (Jesmond ward), who both cite inaction over homophobic abuse. Both are candidates for re-election sponsored by the Socialist Labour Party; as a result the Labour Party has lost its overall majority on the council.
Copeland: Kells ward, after the disqualification of Independent councillor Michael Guest. His term was due to end in May so there will be no byelection.
Gosport: Brockhurst ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Austin Hicks. Term ends 2022.
North Kesteven: For the elections on 2 May, only one candidate has been nominated for two seats in Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme ward. Accordingly there will be a vacant seat following the election. Term ends 2023.
Havering: The byelection due in Cranham ward will be held on 9 May.
Local government reorganisation took place in several areas on Monday. Until the elections on 2 May they are run by temporary shadow authorities consisting of all councillors on the predecessor authorities. All existing councils in Dorset were abolished to be replaced by new unitary councils of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury districts merged to form West Suffolk, while Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts merged to form East Suffolk. Finally West Somerset has merged with Taunton Deane to make Somerset West and Taunton.