Local Government Boundary Commission: On the right lines? A consultation on policy and procedures fo

01 December 2010

This consultation sought views on new procedures for local authority boundary changes, from correcting minor anomalies to whole council mergers. It also covered the approach to council mergers and how the Commission expects proposals to be locally driven and based on sound business cases.

ANEC explained in its response that classifying principal area boundary reviews (PABRs) would be supported. However, it was noted that there is a vast difference between a proposal to transfer a few electors across a local authority boundary and (for example) a wholesale merger, and the review process should reflect the relative scale and complexity of reviews.

It was also highlighted that the scope of a review should not be extended without the agreement of its initial proposers, and that local authorities should be the primary instigators of PABRs.

View the full ANEC response