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Review of Parliamentary Constituencies
The electoral boundaries affecting South Staffordshire are
likely to remain unchanged according to initial proposals published
by the Boundary Commission on 13th September 2011. The South
Staffordshire Constituency is just one of three constituencies
within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that are proposed to remain
The Commission has been reviewing parliamentary boundaries as
part of a wider plan to reduce the number of MPs in the House of
Commons from 650 to 600.
The review is due to conclude in 2013 but will not take effect
until the next Parliamentary election scheduled for May 2015.
A copy of the boundaries of all constituencies within the West
Midlands region can be viewed during normal office hours at our
Council Offices in Codsall.
You can download the proposed boundaries of the two
constituencies that cover our district by clicking on the links
South Staffordshire Constituency
Latest situation - Autumn 2012:
The revised proposals have now been published (16
October 2012) The Boundary Commission for England are now
consulting on the revised proposals until 10 December
Following the initial proposal for no change to the South
Staffordshire County Constituency this has now changed under the
revised proposals by taking in the whole of the District Ward of
Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley from the Stafford
Under existing boundary arrangements the whole of the ward comes
under the Stafford CC which means that the parish ward of
Bishopswood that comes under the Brewood and Coven district ward
was split from the rest of this ward at a Parliamentary election
and in accordance with the guidance of the Commission they try
to avoid splitting district wards which are used as the building
blocks for constituencies.
South Staffordshire Constituency
See under external links below for contacting the Boundary
Electoral Review of
The Local Government Boundary Commission has now concluded
its electoral review of Staffordshire County
Council which commenced in September 2010.
The review was aimed at making local elections fairer by
ensuring that all councillors represent a similar number of
people across the County and that Staffordshire County Council has
the appropriate number of councillors to represent the district of
South Staffordshire effectively.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England
(LGBCE) has now published its final proposals for the
Electoral Review of Staffordshire - click under external
The changes will take effect from the County Council elections
in 2013. In summary a new register of electors will be created for
the rural part of the CEA register (Penkridge West) to represent
the new parish ward of Levedale. The other change is that the
parish of Lower Penn (BXA register) will come under the Kinver
County Electoral Division boundaries within South
Polling District, Places and Stations Review 2011
A review of polling station venues in South Staffordshire
commenced in July 2011 as we looked for local residents
to us about experiences at
the ballot box. We last formally reviewed all our
polling stations back in 2007.
The deadline for submissions
was the 9th September 2011. The revised polling scheme was
approved by the Council’s Regulatory Committee on 18th October
Though the formal review has
finished we welcome your views and comments at any times,
especially about accessibility issues to any venue.
The address for Electoral Services is
the Council Offices, Codsall, South Staffordshire WV8 1PX.
To view or download the latest polling scheme
please see external links below.
Customer Service Excellence
Electoral Services first achieved Charter Mark status for
excellence in customer services in 2006. In 2010 the service
successfully achieved the Government's new national standard
for customer excellence and by the end of 2011 after the annual
health check was fully compliant with this latest Cabinet
The Council has not re-applied to renew its status
but the service is committed to being customer focussed
and welcome your views on anything we provide or do!
Calling postal voters
Over 2,000 people who use postal votes at
elections are being asked to look out for a letter which the
council has sent to them this January – asking them whether they
still want a postal vote.
There are more than 9,500 registered postal
voters in South Staffordshire – but every five years the council
needs to collect a fresh signature from postal voters to make sure
their votes are safe when it comes to election time.
This year, some 2,300 postal voters
are being asked whether they still want to vote by post - and if
they do – they’re being urged to return their forms as soon as they
can to the council.
Keeping your postal vote is easy. If you’ve
received a letter from us, simply fill in the form and return it to
us as soon as you can – but ideally by 1st February.
Your date of birth should already be on the
form – but please check .If your date of both is wrong then simply
add the correct one in the boxes provided.
If you vote by post but don’t receive a letter
from us - then you don’t have to do anything.
Place Review Notice 2011 (38KB)
Polling Place Review
Statistics 2011 (34KB)
Scheme 2011 (1.8MB)
comments 2011 (164KB)
Commission performance standards
County Council - councillors
Boundary Commission for England - 2013 Parliamentary Boundary
Electoral & Emergency Planning Manager
Phone: (01902) 696119
General queries to the Helpline (01902)
or write to:
Electoral & Emergency
South Staffordshire Council