Tewkesbury borough council: Churchdown Brookfield ward, following the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Loraine Yates. Term ends 2011. If the Conservatives win the seat they will have an overall majority and may seek to take single-party power.
Charnwood borough council: Loughborough Dishley and Hathern ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Sharon Williams which is connected to plans for housebuilding by the Conservative administration of the council. Term ends 2011.
Cumbria county council: Kells and Sandwith division, after the death of Labour councillor Joe McAllister. Term ends June 2009.
Darlington borough council: North Road ward, after independent councillor Stephen Jones was disqualified for not attending a meeting for six months. He was leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council but was expelled from the party over signing the nomination papers for a British National Party candidate. Term ends 2011.
Sedgefield district council: Sedgefield ward, after the death of Independent councillor Jim Wayman. Cllr Wayman died in January and the authority is due to be abolished next spring so it may be that the seat will be left unfilled.