Dan Peters 19 November 2020

Proportional votes to come to Wales

Proportional votes to come to Wales image

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.

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill, which passed its stage four vote 39 to 16 last night, will give councils the opportunity to move to single transferable vote (STV) using an opt-in system similar to that used in New Zealand.

Scotland already uses the STV system for local elections.

Councils will also be required to consult and publish a public participation strategy, with the aim of making it easier for residents to understand how local government functions, how it makes decisions, how local people can follow proceedings, and how they can input their views and have them taken into account.

Speaking after the Bill was passed, minister for housing and local government, Julie James, said: ‘This Bill will enable a local democracy which reflects our diversity as a nation, provide local government with new ways to support and serve their communities, and reinvigorate local democracy in Wales.’

Director of the Welsh branch of the Electoral Reform Society, Jess Blair, added: ‘Wales is leading the way on reforming the way local democracy can work to ensure that even at the most local level, our democracy is fair and representative.

‘These changes set a blueprint for the rest of the UK and shows just what is possible when there is the will to get it done.

'Now it is England’s turn to follow.'

 

Innovating for a fairer start image

Innovating for a fairer start

Nesta’s Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Occupational Therapist

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Occupational TherapistPermanent, Full Time£32,065 - £43,839 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Organisation Design Practitioner / Consultant

Essex County Council
£49939 - £58752 per annum
Senior Organisation Design Practitioner / ConsultantFixed Term, 12 months (secondments from other local authorities and civil service departments wil England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Caseworker

Essex County Council
Negotiable
People Caseworker Temporary, Full Time £18 per hour Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Commissioning Apprentice for Children and Families

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
234
Our Apprenticeship scheme provides a perfect way to earn a wage while you gain vital work experience and a nationally recognised qualification. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Income Officer Customer Accounts

City of York Council
£20,422 to £21,552 per annum
An exciting role has become available in our busy Customer Accounts Team. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue