Further to being granted leave to appeal against the judicial review judgment on the local government review in Suffolk, which was handed down on 10 July 2009, the independent Boundary Committee for England has confirmed that it has begun appeal proceedings.
The Committee believes that an appeal is necessary in order to achieve clarity on the way forward for its local government review, and will be pressing for the appeal to be heard as quickly as possible.
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Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
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Notes to Editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a committee of the Electoral Commission, an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. The Committee’s main role is to conduct electoral reviews of local authorities in England with the aim of ensuring the number of electors represented by each councillor is approximately the same. Other duties include reviewing local authority boundaries and advising the Government on local authority bids for unitary status.
3. A structural review is used to establish whether one or more single, all-purpose councils, known as unitary authorities, should be established in an area instead of the existing two-tier system.
4. The Boundary Committee published its original draft proposals on 7 July 2008 and began a public consultation exercise that ended 26 September 2008. Further draft proposals were published on 19 March 2009 and were subject to public consultation until 14 May 2009.