Local elections

  • Proportional votes to come to Wales

    19 November 2020

    Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

  • We’ve made strategic errors on UK elections

    09 November 2020

    Election counts need more speed and spectacle for democracy to survive the Trump effect, argues Mike Bennett. We need to ‘put purpose before process’.

  • 'Rising star' to get new chief executive position

    16 September 2020

    Cotswold DC is expected to appoint ‘a rising star in local government’ as it brings back its chief executive position.

  • Is it time for elective surgery?

    28 July 2020

    A move to an increasingly or even completely postal-based vote is one possible solution to the problem of a COVID-19 local election, argues leader of South Tyneside MBC Cllr Iain Malcolm.

  • Mayor anticipates Covid-19 election disruption

    20 July 2020

    London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged voters in the capital to register for postal ballots ahead of next year’s elections to avoid disruption from the Covid-19 crisis.

  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

    16 June 2020

    The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

  • Local government can look for powerful allies

    15 June 2020

    Winston Churchill famously remarked ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’. Paul Wheeler says we should use this current one to rebuild a local government that is properly funded, ambitious and a strong advocate for localities.

  • New review to look at regulation of political finance

    08 June 2020

    The Committee on Standards in Public Life is reviewing electoral regulation and wishes to hear from anyone with experience or views on the regulation of party finance, says Lord Jonathan Evans.

  • Lords postal votes criticism rejected

    17 March 2020

    Civil servants have defended the postal votes system in the face of criticism from Lords.

  • Government postpones elections

    13 March 2020

    Local government elections due to take place on 7 May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Government asked to look at postponing elections over coronavirus

    11 March 2020

    Fears that coronavirus could derail May’s polls have been detailed in a letter to the Government from electoral officers.

  • Political control of our councils matters

    10 March 2020

    Paul Wheeler looks ahead to the elections expected in May and the parties' political prospects – and says that on current polling trends this set should be a good one for the Conservatives.

  • A tough balancing act for councils

    10 March 2020

    Managing and mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on local communities poses a huge challenge for councils, but it’s one they’ve been planning for. Naomi Larsson reports.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils call for say in devo White Paper

    18 February 2020

    Councils are battling to ‘jointly craft’ the devolution White Paper ahead of its publication later this year.

  • Winning back the public’s trust

    28 January 2020

    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.

  • Queen's speech: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

    14 October 2019

    The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

  • Election and Brexit could hit peer review plans

    01 October 2019

    A General Election before March would put the Local Government Association (LGA) at risk of failing to deliver the number of peer challenges demanded by Whitehall.

  • 'Nearly everyone' showed correct ID in voter trials

    22 July 2019

    An independent evaluation of voter ID trials in May has found they were a success and ‘nearly everyone’ showed the correct identification. 

  • The basic laws of political physics

    05 June 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says pressure provides a burning platform and the political vacuum an opportunity for action. But if the atmosphere remains toxic, we won’t be able to move forward at all

  • ‘Enough is enough’

    04 June 2019

    Chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) Peter Stanyon says a root and branch review of election delivery must happen, with the concerns of those on the frontline heard and understood