Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lords postal votes criticism rejected
Civil servants have defended the postal votes system in the face of criticism from Lords.
Government postpones elections
Local government elections due to take place on 7 May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls
May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.
Government asked to look at postponing elections over coronavirus
Fears that coronavirus could derail May’s polls have been detailed in a letter to the Government from electoral officers.
Learn lessons from the snap election, says AEA
Council returning officers have demanded lessons ‘be learned’ after December’s snap General Election exposed the ‘fragility’ of the UK’s electoral system.
Winning back the public’s trust
Peter Stanyon says there are urgent lessons to learn from the 2019 elections – and challenges ahead in 2020 and beyond include the wider need for urgent reform to election law, funding and support.
EXCLUSIVE: Clash over timing of May election counts
Returning officers are on a collision course with police and crime commissioners (PCC) over the timing of counts for the May elections.
Electoral system 'creaking more than ever'
The electoral system is ‘creaking more than ever,’ chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, Peter Stanyon, has said.
Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins
Local government was this morning expecting a devolution revolution after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a sweeping election win.
And a High Sheriff making the decree
Salt, grit, battery-powered lamps, heaters and jeeps are essential kit at this time of year in the Cotswolds. However Kathy O'Leary is pleased to report that no nativity plays have been harmed in preparing for this election.
More diversity among recent US election candidates bodes well
Attempts to increase the range and diversity of election candidates in the US build on the work of the Local Government Association (LGA) Be a Councillor campaign, says Paul Wheeler.
Promising the earth, but are they fit for the future?
Heather Jameson says that as we approach 2020, we are greeted by election manifestos appealing more to voters harking back to history, rather than looking toward the future.
Millions join surge to register to vote in General Election
More than three million applications have been made during the month between the calling of the election and tonight's deadline to register for December’s poll.
Dark and cold threat to winter poll
Election officials have complained after Scrooge-like officials told them they would need to explain their use of additional heating and lighting despite the winter poll.
Welsh teenagers to get the vote in local government ‘overhaul’
A new law to give 16- and 17-year-olds in Wales the vote in council elections has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.
High Court to hear Royal Mail's bid to halt pre-election strike
The Royal Mail’s attempts to block a strike in the run up to the General Election will be heard at the High Court today.
Mail launches bid to halt postal strike
The Royal Mail has today launched a High Court bid to halt industrial action, claiming the ballot of its employees had ‘potential irregularities’.
Voters wrongly told of electoral register removal
Swindon BC has apologised after sending hundreds of letters in error telling voters they would be removed from the electoral register.
Government pledges to cover cost of alternative polling stations
Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of finding alternative polling stations in the upcoming General Election.