£100m cost of EU elections if Brexit delayed beyond June
The UK could be landed with a £100m bill to host EU elections separately from May’s local polls if Article 50 is extended beyond June, the Government has been warned.
Voter ID pilot using poll cards worked in Watford
Watford BC's voter ID pilot using poll cards with technology as proof of identity enhanced the elections and did not put electors off exercising their right to vote, says Gordon Amos.
Councils back out of voter ID trials
Three councils have withdrawn from the Government’s controversial voter ID trials.
NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.
Voter ID pilots face legal challenge
A formal legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trials has been lodged at the High Court by lawyers representing campaigner Neil Coughlan.
The camera never lies
Politicians go to great lengths to portray the best possible public image while on the campaign trail.
New batch of voter ID pilot areas announced
Eleven pilots for voter ID checks will be carried out at next year’s elections.
Missed savings could lead to overspend
Kingston upon Thames LBC is expected to overspend by £4m this year after finding a third of planned savings may not be delivered on time.
Calls to abandon 'costly, undemocratic' voter ID trials
Introducing voter ID requirements in elections is the wrong solution for the wrong issue, a report published today has argued.
Lords clash over voter ID trials
The House of Lords joined the debate over voter ID trials this week, amid claims local government elections are being targeted by fraudsters.
Voter ID rollout could cost £20m
Calls to halt trials of voter ID have been renewed after Cabinet Office documents showed it could cost £20m to roll out.
Voter ID in perspective
Jo Miller, in her role as a returning officer, argues that Voter ID is a very expensive way to tackle a problem that is not a top priority in the UK.
Jamieson beats Simmonds to top Tory role
Central Bedfordshire Council leader James Jamieson has been elected the new leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative Group.
John picked to head up London Councils
London Councils has elected Southwark LBC leader, Cllr Peter John, as its new chair to replace former incumbent, Cllr Claire Kober.
Claire Kober: Relationships are the foundation of political leadership
The goodwill and energy of partners from across the spectrum and that of the council’s managerial leadership are critical to success, writes Claire Kober.
Forget voter ID, let’s boost turnout
A week on from the local elections and everything remains remarkably unchanged. Despite predictions of shocking defeats and electoral upheavals, the reality was a rather lacklustre performance by Labour and the Conservatives, with the Lib Dems the only party with much to celebrate.
Local elections: a snapshot of public opinion?
Paul Wheeler breaks down the local election results.
Jarvis takes Sheffield metro mayor role
Labour MP Dan Jarvis has been elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region – but ministers will be discouraged by the low turnout for such a historic poll.
Voter ID pilots faced teething troubles
Early responses to voter ID pilots across five areas of England suggest councils encountered problems – including long queues to vote and people being turned away from polling stations.
Election results: Tories lose Trafford but hold in London
The Conservative flagship authority in Greater Manchester, Trafford City Council, has been lost to no overall control in an election night which saw a mixed bag for the two main parties.