Wigan Council set for electoral review

Wigan Council set for electoral review

Wigan Council’s electoral boundaries will undergo a review meaning there will be all-out elections in 2022.

Leader, Councillor David Molyneux informed colleagues at Wednesday’s full council meeting with consultation events scheduled to take place over the next two years.

Confirmation of the review follows a visit by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

Changes implemented in Wigan borough’s last electoral review came into force in 2004.

This resulted in the number of councillors increasing by three to 75, an extra ward and changes to ward boundaries to reflect population changes.

Officers from the LGBCE will consider the number of councillors elected to the council along with the names, number and boundaries of wards.

Councillor Molyneux said: “The outer boundaries of the borough are not up for negotiation and will remain the same.

“We also know the review will result in all-out elections, so if elected next year it will only be for a two year term because everybody in the council chamber will be up for election in 2022.

“There is a programme to take all members through the process and there will be further updates on this as the year progresses.”

The LGBCE has committed to considering changes to districts across Greater Manchester which have not undergone a review in recent years.

Proposals for the borough will be unveiled next year ahead of a 10-week public consultation scheduled to take place next summer.

In the meantime, the commission will gather information – such as electorate forecasts and geographical boundaries – that will inform the draft plans.

A second consultation period will take place in 2021.

Final recommendations will be published in mid-2021 ahead of implementation on election day in 2022 where all seats will be contested.

A third of the council chamber is elected each year over a three year period with no elections in the fourth year of the cycle. This means no elections are scheduled to take place in 2021.

Find more information on The Local Government Boundary Commission (external link).

Posted on Thursday 12th September 2019

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