Two weeks left to have your say on proposed changes to Wirral electoral cycle

There are two weeks left for residents to have their say on whether changes should be made to the current cycle of local councillor elections.

The consultation began on 13 December 2021 and will close on 20 February 2022.

At present, the council operates a system whereby each of the 22 wards elects one councillor each year to serve a four-year term. Then every fourth year there are no elections held at all. 

This is how Wirral Council currently elects its 66 members, which is the number of representatives agreed as necessary by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 

The change that the council will be consulting on would instead see ‘whole council’ elections held once every four years, with each ward electing all three of their representatives at the same time. 

Have your say: Details of the proposed change – and the opportunity for people to get involved in the process.

The recommendation to the council to consider moving to a different system came out of a recent independent report into the council’s governance arrangements, commissioned by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Printed copies of the questionnaire are available for those who cannot access the online version at Wirral libraries. (Wallasey Central, Birkenhead Central, Bebbington Central, West Kirby, Pensby, Bromborough, Greasby, Eastham, Moreton, Wallasey Village, Rock Ferry, Irby, St James, Upton, Higher Bebington)

An easy read version of the consultation paper is also available online

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