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Local Government: Elections

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on single member wards in local government. (273325)

The 2006 Local Government White Paper—Strong and prosperous communities—stated that single member wards offer benefits including providing a simple, strong link between the councillor and their electorate, and giving clarity of leadership to the area, while accepting that there is no consensus on this.

We have therefore provided a permissive approach in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 that any principal council who holds whole council elections can request that the Electoral Commission directs the Boundary Committee to undertake a review for the purpose of re-warding the area with single member wards.