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Rochdale local government electoral ward boundary review - what's happening?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is reviewing the electoral ward boundaries across the borough of Rochdale. This review is proposed to place between March 2020-April 2021.

We currently have 20 wards across the borough of Rochdale, each represented by 3 councillors.

Rochdale is part of the review of all 10 authorities in Greater Manchester.

The last local government electoral review in the borough of Rochdale took place in 2003. Details of the 2003 review.

How can I have my say on the proposals?

The consultation on draft recommendations is due between Tuesday, 1 December 2020-Monday, 8 February 2021.

There are various ways to contact The Local Government Boundary Commission to have your say:

More information on the electoral review of Rochdale Borough Council

Why is an electoral ward boundary review taking place?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body. They conduct a rolling programme of electoral reviews across the country.

The 2 main benefits of an electoral review are to provide for 'electoral equality':

  • Fair representation of all electors in a council's area
  • Equal access of elected councillors to their electorate.

This means each councillor should represent approximately the same number of electors in each ward.

What will be included in the electoral ward boundary review?

The review will look at whether the boundaries of wards or divisions within the local authority need to be changed. This is to ensure effective local government and electoral equality.

The review will include:

  • The total number of councillors elected to the local authority.
  • The number of boundaries and wards.
  • The number of councillors for any ward.
  • The name of any ward.

Ward boundaries may change resulting in changes to who the electorate can vote for in some areas. The number of councillors may also change within a local authority. View your local councillor alphabetically, by ward and more.

The electoral review will not affect house values, council tax, stamp duty, insurance premiums, postcodes, school catchment areas or access to hospitals.

What's the timetable of the review?

We've agreed the following outline timetable with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE):

  • March 2020: council sizing report submitted to full council for approval.
  • April 2020: if approved, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) responds to the sizing report.
  •  June 2020-August 2020: first public consultation on warding patterns, asking where people think the boundaries should be.
  • September 2020: final council report submitted to the Boundary Commission.
  • December 2020 - February 2021: 2nd public consultation on the LGBCE's recommendations.
  • May 2021: final decision on the ward and councillors numbers across the borough made by the Boundary Commission.
  • May 2022: all-out council elections.

Parliamentary boundary reviews

Parliamentary boundary reviews are carried out by the Boundary Commission for England.

The local government ward boundary review is carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission.


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Elections Team
Governance and Committee Services
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU​​