Parliamentary Boundary Review 2023
Constituencies are changing - have your say now via www.bcereviews.org.uk , or at a public hearing in your region.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is required by Parliament to undertake an independent and impartial review of all constituencies in England, to rebalance the number of electors in each constituency. The 2023 Boundary Review also requires that the number of constituencies in England increases from 533 to 543. The Commission is holding a secondary consultation on its initial proposals for new constituencies, which takes place from 22 February to 4 April 2022. During the consultation, public hearings will be held across the country to allow members of the public to provide their views in person.
To have your say, submit your views in writing via the consultation website www.bcereviews.org.uk , by email, or letter; or speak at a public hearing in your region. Find your nearest hearing and book a slot to speak at BCE public hearings. On the consultation website, you can also view and take into account the responses sent in during the first consultation.
Further information and resources:
Community Governance Review
Community Governance Reviews provide the opportunity for principal councils to review and make changes to community governance in their areas - essentially the creation of or changes to parish and town councils. Reviews can be triggered by:
- principal councils as a result of changes in housing, population or development;
- at the request of parish councils; or
- as a result of a public petition.
A Community Governance Review is a legal process whereby the Council will consult with those living in the area, and other interested parties, on the most suitable ways of representing the people in the areas identified in the review. It can consider one or more of the following:
- creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes and parish councils;
- the naming of parishes and the style of new parishes;
- the electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of election; council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding), and
- grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes.
Recently completed reviews:
Woolsington Parish Council:
Local Government Boundary Reviews
In November 2016 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England concluded their electoral review of Newcastle.
Their final recommendations are:
- Newcastle upon Tyne should be represented by 78 councillors, the same number as there are now;
- Newcastle upon Tyne should have 26 wards, the same number as there are now; and
- The boundaries of all wards should change; none will stay the same.
Even though the number of councillors will stay the same, the shape and size of council wards had to change because of housing developments and changes to the city’s populations.
The Commission have developed their final recommendations based on feedback received through two phases of consultation, including detailed proposals submitted on behalf of the council.
Details of the new ward boundaries are outlined in the report, which is available at the Local Government Boundary Commission's website.
The new boundaries were established in May 2018.