Local Government Boundary Commission Review

The Boundary Commission has published final recommendations for changes in South Staffordshire.

It says residents should be represented by 42 councillors. This is seven fewer than the current arrangements.

There will be 20 wards, five fewer than there are now.

Councillors will represent six three-councillor wards, 10 two-councillor wards and four one-councillor wards.

Only three wards will stay the same: Essington, Himley & Swindon and Huntington & Hatherton.

Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the Commission, said: “We are very grateful to people in South Staffordshire. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

“We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties."

A total of 81 people and organisations made comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include changing the name of the proposed Blymhill & Brewood ward to Brewood, Coven & Blymhill.

The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Further details can be found on its website here ?

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2023 council elections

click here to view a summary of the recommendation or here for full report

Parish/Community Briefing held on the 17/06/2021 can be found here.

About electoral reviews:

A review takes around a year to complete and has three main parts:

The Commission will consider what the total number of Councillors that should be elected to the authority in future should be, to ensure effective Local Government.

Once the Commission has taken a view on Councillor numbers, they will re-draw ward boundaries to accommodate those Councillors according to three statutory criteria, namely: that the new wards deliver electoral equality for voters, that they reflect community interests, and that they promote effective Local Government.

Once the Commission has published final recommendations for each authority, they will lay a draft order - specific to each council - in Parliament. Subject to the parliamentary scrutiny process, they will then make each order and new boundaries would come into effect at the next local election in 2023.

The reviews will focus only on the internal electoral arrangements of each Council. The Commission will not look at the external boundaries of any authority.

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