Local elections

  • T’is the season!

    20 February 2024

    The possibility of a UK Parliamentary General Election on 2 May combined with local polls is the plan causing most concern in the electoral sector, says Peter Stanyon.


  • Voter ID legal challenge launched

    19 February 2024

    A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.


  • Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections

    21 December 2023

    Ministers have written to councils to warn of attempted foreign interference in next year’s elections.


  • Welsh councils open door to voting reform

    12 December 2023

    Gwynedd Council and Powys CC are to consult on dropping first past the post in favour of single transferable voting.


  • Minister shrugs off election concerns

    06 December 2023

    Fears that pressures on elections officials will leave them overwhelmed at the next General Election have been dismissed by local government minister Simon Hoare.


  • Election fears raised with ministers

    05 December 2023

    Concern among council officers was detailed in a new Government-commissioned report on the implementation of voter ID requirements.


  • Warning of polling day disruption to services

    15 November 2023

    Frontline council services could be disrupted during elections as staff are drafted in to run polling stations and conduct counts, chief executives have warned.


  • Plea to delay online postal vote applications

    09 October 2023

    Launching online applications for postal and proxy votes later this month should be ‘urgently reconsidered,’ elections officers have said.


  • Financial sustainability is never about clever financial mechanisms

    03 October 2023

    Instead of waiting until it’s too late, Cornwall Council has stood up the senior officer Financial Review Group whose mandate is to call officers to account for the delivery of budgets within the approved limits, says Tracie Langley.


  • A clear plan is needed to modernise electoral registration

    25 September 2023

    Millions of missing voters reflect issues in the electoral registration system and we need to develop new approaches that can bring long-term improvements, says Phil Thompson.


  • Deprived areas saw more voters turned away in May

    13 September 2023

    Areas with more deprivation had a higher proportion of voters turned away at the local elections, with disabled, unemployed and ethnic minorities facing greater problems.


  • Six ways to lead people in a changing political environment

    11 September 2023

    Gordon McFarlane sets out an approach to help council workforces build the skills needed to navigate new political leaderships and respond quickly to changing priorities.


  • Political swing points to partnership working

    16 August 2023

    Justin Galliford, Chief Executive Officer of Norse Group, considers the implications of the recent local election results on frontline service delivery, and offers an alternative approach.


  • A winning campaign

    10 July 2023

    Shokat Lal gives an insight into how Sandwell MBC put together a successful polling day in light of new challenges.


  • Call to back elections teams

    05 July 2023

    Elections teams will require more backing from their councils to run future polls.


  • Warning sounded over General Election

    03 July 2023

    Elections experts were united in warning of a struggle to run future polls as they faced questions from MPs.


  • Uncertainty has made me very certain about the value of some things

    26 June 2023

    East Hampshire's elections revealed a hung council. Chief executive Gill Kneller says 'what stood out was that to navigate the uncertainty, communication is absolutely essential'.


  • Official figures show thousands deterred by voter ID

    22 June 2023

    About 14,000 people were unable to vote at polling stations in the May elections due to ID requirements while ‘significantly more’ did not even try.


  • The size conspiracy

    20 June 2023

    The journey towards implementing the recommendations in the Redcliffe-Maud report is based on the fundamentally flawed idea that bigger local government is always better than its smaller counter-parts, argues Colin Copus.


  • How to grow a successful coalition

    19 June 2023

    Giving serious consideration to the suitability of potential coalitions is an important step in setting them off on the right foot, says Claire Kober. But how do council chief executives help set the conditions for success, she asks.