The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of Blackburn with Darwen.
The Commission have agreed the new Council size for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council from May 2018 of 51 Councillors in 17 Wards. The paper outlining these proposals is available to view here.
An electoral review examines and proposes new electoral arrangements for the whole local authority. These are:
- The total number of councillors to be elected to the Council (council size)
- The names, number and boundaries of wards
- The number of councillors to be elected from each ward
Electoral reviews look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within a local authority need to be altered. In our case the commission felt that a review was necessary to ensure fairer representation at local government elections after any significant changes in the distribution of electors. Blackburn with Darwen meets the commission’s criteria for electoral inequality with 7 of 23 wards having a variance of greater than +/-10%.