Manchester City Council

Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Constitutional and Nomination Committee
Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 9.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, level 2, Town Hall Extension

Contact: Beth Morgan 

Items
No. Item

16.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018.

Minutes:

Decision

 

To approve as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018.

17.

Polling Districts and Polling Places: proposed changes to the current scheme and proposed timing of the next compulsory review pdf icon PDF 88 KB

The report of the Chief Executive is attached.

Minutes:

The report detailed how as part of preparations for the local elections taking place on 2 May 2019, work has been undertaken by officers to ensure that polling places have the suitable access, space and facilities for electors. This work has been based on practical considerations relating to the availability of polling places as well as feedback from local councillors and comments received from polling station inspectors and other senior officers who worked at the 3 May 2018 local elections. This work has also considered the most suitable timings for the next compulsory review of polling districts and polling places.

 

The designation of the city’s polling districts and places is the responsibility of the Council and the relevant functions are delegated to the Constitutional and Nomination Committee in the Scheme of Delegation. This includes the Council’s duties under the Representation of the People Act 1983 to divide constituencies into polling districts and the power to divide wards into polling districts at local elections. The Electoral Commission advises that polling districts for UK parliamentary and local government elections should always be the same. It therefore follows that any review of parliamentary polling arrangements should be conducted simultaneously with one of local government arrangements.

 

On occasion, it may be necessary to change the designation of a polling place outside the statutory review process or meeting of the Constitutional and Nomination Committee. This usually occurs as a result of premises being closed or unexpectedly becoming unavailable, often at short notice, or if an unscheduled poll takes place. Authority is delegated to the Chief Executive to make, where necessary, alterations to the designation of any polling place in such circumstances, in consultation with group leaders, ward Councillors and the Chair of Constitutional and Nomination Committee, as agreed by Council at its 24 January 2018 meeting.

 

It was originally intended for the Council to conduct its next compulsory review of parliamentary and local polling districts and polling places in the autumn of 2018. However, after taking into considerations points set out in the report, it is proposed to the Committee that the compulsory review begins in July 2019, with consultation taking place during the summer/autumn of 2019. Proposals agreed would then come into effect on 1 December 2019, when the electoral register is published.

 

Decisions

 

  1. To note the background to the proposed timetable for the next compulsory review of polling districts and polling places.

 

  1. To authorise the initiation of a review of the parliamentary polling districts and polling places within the Council’s area, and that this be combined with a review of the equivalent local government polling arrangements, beginning in July 2019, with further details of the timetable and process to be brought to the Committee, closer to the time.

 

  1. To approve the changes to the current scheme as set out in paragraphs 5.1, 5.1.1, 6.1 and 6.1.1 of the report submitted, to come into effect on 1 December 2018.

 

  1. To adopt the changes, referred to in decision 3 (above), to the scheme for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Membership of Council committees and representation on joint boards and joint committees

To consider proposed changes to the membership of committees and joint boards / joint committees.

 

(Note if the changes proposed involve re-consideration of a decision taken by the Council with the previous 6 months the Committee will need to request the Council to suspend Procedural Rule 25.1).

Minutes:

Decisions

 

1.    To request the Council to agree to suspend Procedural Rule 25.1 to allow the following decisions which involve reconsideration of a decision taken by the Council within the previous six months.

 

2.    To recommend the Council to make the following changes in appointments to Committees and Joint Committees of the Council.

 

Membership of Committees

 

The Committee reviewed the membership of committees.

 

Decision

 

To recommend the Council to make the following changes in appointments to Committees and Joint Committees of the Council.

 

Committee

Member removed

Member appointed

Planning and Highways Committee

Councillor Strong

 

Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor Douglas

GM Housing, Planning and Environment Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Wilson