A review of County Councils wards is underway. The purpose of the Electoral Review is to reduce electoral variance across Northamptonshire. The review aims to ensure each county councillor represents approximately the same number of electors and that there are an appropriate number of councillors to allow Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to carry out all its functions. The review presents an opportunity to bring consistency to the numbers of electors councillors represent as well looking at where improvements could be made to the efficiency and effectiveness of the current system. Currently 37% of Northamptonshire’s divisions have an electoral variance of more than 10%.
The review has been instigated by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), an independent body set up to review electoral arrangements. It has been classified as a “Type C” review which means a significant change to the county council. The review officially started in October 2011 and could take between 52-62 weeks.
For more about the review and the impact on parish councils please download the County Council’s Parish Briefing Note.
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