New ERS research finds over two-thirds of councillors feel they lack the powers to represent the needs of their local community. Local government is at the front line of our democracy. It’s the closest level...
Posted 10 Mar 2022
In the context of the changing nature of UK governance, England remains an anomaly. While the centres of power in the rest of the UK have shifted away from Westminster over the last two decades,...
Posted 09 Mar 2022
On Thursday 5 May, 2022, voters will go to the polls to elect councillors for each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. This will be the fourth time that Scottish councils will be elected using a proportional system,...
Posted 25 Feb 2022
The government is trying to sneakily force through plans to impose First Past the Post for Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections – a move which would cast the views of voters on the...
Posted 16 Sep 2021
"With STV, we are trying to steal a march on other parties, while at the same time cooperating for the public good."
Posted 05 Aug 2021
The Prime Minister’s Levelling Up agenda – announced with great fanfare on Thursday – risks leaving swathes of the country ignored. In not very subtle terms, the PM suggested new powers would only go to ideologically-aligned parts of...
Posted 16 Jul 2021
We’re already seeing a plethora of rotten results – with parties taking nearly all the seats on a fraction of the vote.
Posted 07 May 2021
Millions of people went to the polls this Thursday in England and Wales to elect PCCs, plus Combined Authority mayors and the London mayor– using the Supplementary Vote system (SV).
Posted 07 May 2021
Over 12 million voters have a powerful voice today, with proportional representation used in Wales, Scotland and on the London Assembly.
Posted 06 May 2021
England is likely to see swathes of ‘one-party councils’ picked next week, under England and Wales’ one-party takes all local electoral system. Spread out over a whole council area, one party can get near 100%...
Posted 30 Apr 2021