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Start of review for Greater Manchester's electoral arrangements

1st November 2003

Start of review for Greater Manchester's electoral arrangements

14th May 2002

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A review of local government electoral arrangements in Greater Manchester starts today. The review will look at the Greater Manchester areas of Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Trafford and Wigan.

The review will be carried out by The Boundary Committee for England and aims to make sure, where possible, that within each local authority area every councillor represents the same number of electors. The reviews will also take into account the identities and interests of local communities in the area.

Reviews have to be carried out periodically because the number and distribution of electors change over time. The Committee can recommend changes to the number of councillors, the number and boundaries of wards, including the creation of new wards, and the names of wards. The Committee can also recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils, where they exist.

The Committee cannot consider changes to the external boundaries of a district or parish, or create new parishes. However, changes to parish boundaries can be considered by the relevant borough council, following a parish review under the Local Government and Rating Act 1997.

Local people, interested parties and associations are invited to submit their own proposals for changes to electoral arrangements by writing to the Committee no later than 16 September 2002: The Team Leader (Greater Manchester) Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

The Committee expects to publish draft recommendations for consultation in early 2003.  Following public consultation on the draft recommendations, the Committee will make final recommendations on changes to electoral arrangements in approximately a year's time.

Notes to editors:

  1. A review of electoral arrangements was last carried out in Bury in 1978, Bolton in 1978, Manchester in 1977, Oldham in 1977, Rochdale in 1979, Stockport in 1979, Trafford in 1978 and Wigan in 1979.
  2. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.

For further details contact:

Press office - 020 7271 0527 or 0529
Out of office hours - 07789 920414

E-mail - press@boundarycommittee.org.uk