Future of Sheffield council seats up for review

Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore in the Council Chamber at Sheffield Town Hall
Leader of Sheffield City Council Cllr Julie Dore in the Council Chamber at Sheffield Town Hall
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Numbers of councillors in Sheffield could be cut under a review which has been called by the Local Government Boundary Association.

There are currently 28 wards, each represented by three councillors, with a total of 84 members elected to Sheffield Council.

But concerns have been raised that some wards contain more than twice as many voters as others.

Announcing the review, a spokesman for the association said: “Some councillors represent many more, or fewer, electors than other elected members elsewhere in the city.

“For example, Central ward has 30,954 constituents compared to Dore and Totley with just 14,000.

“This means the value of a vote can vary depending on where you live in Sheffield.”

Deputy council leader, Coun Harry Harpham, said: “Sheffield welcomes this review to make sure we have fair arrangements in place to deliver electoral equality. It’s really important for people to come forward if they have any views.”

The commission will carry out the review in two stages - to consider the size of the council, then the number and boundaries of electoral wards.

A formal public consultation will be held in 2014 but people can also attend an initial ‘evidence gathering meeting’ at Sheffield Town Hall on Thursday.

Call 0114 273 4755 or email victoria.penman@sheffield.gov.uk to ask a question.