Of the 388 principal local authorities in England, 35 per cent. (all 36 metropolitan district councils and 98 shire district councils) elect by thirds; 2 per cent. (seven shire district councils) elect by halves; and 63 per cent. (all 32 London boroughs and the City of London, all 35 county councils and 179 shire district councils and the Isles of Scilly) hold whole council elections.
Following the Electoral Commission's report “The cycle of local government elections in England” which, after consultation with stakeholders, recommended a move to all-out elections for all local authorities in England, we have received inquiries about changing electoral cycles from 21 per cent. of shire district councils that currently elect by thirds. To date, three of those local authorities have made a formal request to amend their cycle. The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill provides that, in future, all councils, including metropolitan district councils that are currently barred from whole council elections, which elect by thirds can, by council resolution, move to whole council elections.