As you may have heard, the local elections that were due to be held on 7th May 2020 have been postponed and will now be held on 6th May 2021. The term of office of existing councillors is automatically extended by paragraph 60 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, until the fourth day after the election in 2021.
However, anyone who had been interested in standing for election is encouraged to keep in touch with the parish council – casual vacancies may still arise, or you could become involved in the work of the council as a volunteer.
Meanwhile the timetable for the Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) Programme is largely unaffected – except that whereas the shadow councils were intended to have new councillors elected to them in May 2020, their members won’t be elected until May 2021. Therefore, the shadow councils need “caretaker” members and it is standard local government practice that these are the existing borough, district and county councillors for the area.
Updated 17th February 2020