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Manifesto pledge to cut number of Councillors delivered in full.

Your Bexley Conservative Councillors have welcomed the formal passing of legislation in Parliament that will cut the number of Cllrs in the Borough.

Read the legislation here

The pledge to cut the number of Councillors was made in the Bexley Conservatives 2014 local election manifesto, and has now been delivered in full – as has every other manifesto commitment since being elected to run our Council in 2006.

It means from next May there will be 30% fewer Councillors to represent much larger wards.

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The entire process was conducted by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England, and all residents and political parties had the opportunity to comment and make suggestions.

This sits alongside the freezing of Councillors allowances that has been in place since 2009, and Bexley’s Councillors are the only group in the UK to propose a reduction in numbers – and to do so voluntarily.

The policy to reduce the number of Councillors was formally agreed at the meeting of the Full Council on 23rd July 2014, with the following motion:

RESOLVED – This Council resolves to call on the Boundary Commission, as the relevant authority, to start the process to review the number of Councillors and the Ward boundaries to allow appropriate representation to best support our residents.

Every Labour Councillor voted against this motion.

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