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Local government in London is changing

31st July 2018

Council ward boundaries for more than four million London voters are set to change in a programme of reviews that starts this week.

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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is reviewing ward boundaries for 25 London councils to make them fairer for voters and reflect community ties.

A public consultation on ward boundaries in Harrow begins today. A programme of reviews will follow over the next three years and will look at councillor numbers, wards and ward boundaries across London.

Individual borough reviews will decide how many councillors should be elected to each local authority as well as the boundaries and names of council wards. The reviews aim to make sure votes in London local elections are fair and that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The Commission will also look at local community interests and ties.

Public consultations in each borough will give local people the chance to have their say about how they are represented.  

New wards will come into effect at London’s next local elections in 2022.  

Chair of the Commission, Professor Colin Mellors OBE, said: “Our reviews will make local elections in London fairer for voters and we will try and build council wards that mean something to local communities.

“Everyone living in the boroughs under review will get a chance to have their say on new council wards in their area. After all, local people know their area best.”

Residents and local organisations can find out more about the review of their area on the Commission’s website at

Notes to editors:

  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of councils’ external boundaries and structures.


  1. The aim of the ward boundary changes is to provide for ‘electoral equality’ so that each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters. The Commission must also have regard to community identity and interests as well as providing effective local government.


  1. The Commission has a legal duty to carry out an electoral review of each council in England ‘from time to time’. Twenty-five London boroughs have not been reviewed since 2000 and have therefore been included in the programme.


  1. An electoral review determines the total number of councillors to be elected to a local authority as well as its wards, ward names and ward boundaries. The Commission examines evidence submitted during two public consultations before finalising recommendations.


  1. The programme will be conducted according to the following timetable (which is subject to change): 


Start of review


July 2018


August 2018


August 2018


August 2018


September 2018


November 2018


November 2018


November 2018


January 2019


January 2019


March 2019


April 2019

Waltham Forest

April 2019

Hammersmith & Fulham

April 2019


April 2019


April 2019


May 2019

Kingston upon Thames

May 2019

Richmond upon Thames

May 2019


June 2019


June 2019


June 2019


July 2019


April 2020

Barking & Dagenham

April 2020


  1. Seven London councils have undergone electoral reviews since 2000. They are (with implementation date of new boundaries): Hackney (2014), Tower Hamlets (2014), Kensington & Chelsea (2014), Croydon (2018), Redbridge (2018), Southwark (2018), Bexley (2018).


  1. For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250 / 1525 or email: [email protected].