ELECTORAL REVIEW OF MANCHESTER
Deadline to submit comments Monday 26th September
Have your say on new council ward boundaries for Manchester
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Manchester City Council.
The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the city.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 96 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangements.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Manchester to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 96 city councillors.
In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Manchester.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Manchester. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.
“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Manchester, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the city is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.
“Your views will make a difference.
“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Manchester or just a small part of the city.
“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in November.”
Local people have until 26 September 2016 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk andwww.lgbce.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
2. The aim of an electoral review is to provide for ‘electoral equality’; that means each councillor representing approximately the same number of electors. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests and providing effective and convenient local government.
3. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
· Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
· Which areas do you identify as your local community?
· Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?
4. Residents have from 26 July until 26 September 2016 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Manchester’s 96 councillors should be drawn. The Commission will then publish its draft recommendations in November 2016 and open a further phase of consultation with local people. New wards are scheduled to come into effect at the 2018 council elections.
5. For councils, like Manchester, that hold elections in three years out of every four, the Commission has a responsibility, set out in legislation, to devise a pattern of three-member wards across the whole authority. Such a ward pattern means that every elector would have the same opportunity to vote in local elections each time they are held. However, the Commission is able to move away from a uniform pattern of three-member wards – on a ward by ward basis – if it believes an alternative arrangement would better meet its other statutory criteria: to deliver electoral equality for voters, to reflect the interests and identities of local communities and to promote effective and convenient local government.
6. Members of the public can have their say on the new electoral arrangements by writing to:
The Review Officer (Manchester)
14th floor, Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
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Go directly to the Commission’s consultation portal at: www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk
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The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Manchester City Council.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the review and seek your views on future ward boundaries for the council. The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the city. At present, some city councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the city. The review aims to correct those imbalances.
What is an electoral review?
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Manchester City Council. In particular, it will propose:
- The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future.
- The number of wards.
- The number of councillors representing each ward.
- Ward boundaries.
- Names of wards.
For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.
Today 26 July 2016 is the start of a 9 week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements. The consultation will close on 26 September 2016. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in November 2016. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in April 2017. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2018.
How to get involved?
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across the city on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
The Commission is minded to recommend that 96 councillors should be elected to Manchester City Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 96 city councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
- To deliver electoral equality where each city councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the city.
- That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
- That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for the city which meet the requirements set out above.
The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that your submission is supported by evidence. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. Log on to www.lgbce.org.uk to find out more. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of Manchester City Council where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across the city on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site. Log on to www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk to access the portal or find it via our main website.
Get in touch
We encourage as many people and organisations as possible to get involved with the consultation and we encourage local organisations and parish councils to engage their local networks and communities in the review.
View interactive maps of the county, draw your own boundaries and have your say at our specialist consultation portal at:www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
Find out more about the review at: www.lgbce.org.uk.
Email your views to: email@example.com.
Follow us on Twitter at: @lgbce.
Review Officer (Manchester)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor Millbank Tower
This phase consultation closes on 26 September 2016.
We will write to you again when we open our consultation on draft recommendations.
Please note that the interests of transparency, copies of the all representations we receive during this review will be placed on our website.
We remove any personal identifying information such as signatures and private residential addresses prior to placing any submissions in the public domain.
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