Electoral Review of Sheffield City Council

4 Mar

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of Sheffield to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. The aim of the review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of electors. At present, some councillors represent many more, or fewer, electors than other elected members elsewhere in the district which means the value of your vote varies depending on where you live in Sheffield.

The Commission’s review aims to ensure that each Sheffield councillor represents roughly the same number of voters and that ward/division boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities.

Council size consultation

The first stage of an electoral review is to determine the number of councillors who should represent the local authority in the future. This is known as council size. During the preliminary stage of the review, the Commission received a proposal from Sheffield City Council. The Council submission is available on the Commission’s website. The Commission has considered this submission and is now seeking views on its proposal for a council size of 84 members for Sheffield Council (that is, the same number of councillors as represent Sheffield people at present).

From 4 March to 14 April the Commission are inviting proposals for the number of councillors who should represent Sheffield in the future.

If you would like to know more, or to respond to the consultation, please go to the Sheffield review section of the Commission’s website:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/yorkshire-and-humberside/south-yorkshire/sheffield-fer

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