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Andrew Mitchell MP urges Sutton Coldfield residents to have their say over Boundary Review

Andrew Mitchell MP has urged local residents to have their say on constituency boundary changes by contributing to the Boundary Commission’s 12-week public consultation which started on Tuesday 13 September and runs until 5 December 2011.

Anyone seeking more information about the proposed changes to the West Midlands region should consult the Boundary Commission for England’s website at:

Anyone without access to the internet, or those wishing to view hard copies of the proposals should visit the Boundary Commission’s official display at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Upper Clifton Road.

Members of the public can contribute both written and oral evidence to the consultation. Anyone wishing to write should send their response to: Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ or email reviews@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk.

Oral evidence will be taken at four public hearings across the West Midlands region: Birmingham, Ludlow, Stafford and Warwick. Birmingham’s Public Hearing will be the main one for the West Midlands and takes place over two days, Thursday 3 (10.00 – 20.00) and Friday 4 November (09.00 – 17.00) at the Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Circus, Birmingham B3 3HJ. Anyone wishing to speak at a public hearing should register their interest in advance through the Boundary Commission’s website: http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/publ...

Queries about the Review should be directed to the Boundary Commission either by telephone: 020 7276 1102 or email: information@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk.

Frequently asked questions:

Why is a review being carried out?
The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 requires the four Boundary Commissions for the UK to undertake a review of constituencies and to submit final reports to the Secretary of State before 1 October 2013.

How is the Review being carried out?
The Boundary Commission must follow the statutory rules set out in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011. These rules have been significantly changed since the last review and will mean substantial changes to Parliamentary constituencies in England. These include:

  • reducing the total number of constituencies in England from 533 to 502; and
  • making sure that each constituency contains a similar number of registered electors (between 72,810 and 80,473).

Will the boundary changes have an impact on my council tax, local services or insurance premiums?
No. The boundary changes only relate to Parliamentary constituencies. Services and council tax charges in your local area are set by your local authority and these will not be affected. Insurance premium calculations are based on postcodes, which will not change, so will not be affected.

What will the Boundary Commission do with my comments?
All the responses they receive will be published, including the transcripts of representations made at public hearings. The Boundary Commission is required to do this by law. This will enable others to have the opportunity to comment on them in the second phase of the consultation (see below).

Can I comment on the responses to the Review?
Yes, during the second consultation period. Once the Boundary Commission have collated and transcribed all the responses to the initial consultation and the public hearings, they will publish them on their website. There will then be a further four-week period when you can send them your views about any of those initial representations.

Will there be a further consultation if the Boundary Commission revises its proposals?
If the Boundary Commission revises any of its initial proposals following these two consultation periods, there will be a further eight-week period when you will be able to send them your views on the revised proposals.

What happens next?
All consultation representations will be published on the Commission’s website in spring 2012 for further comment. Any revisions will be published in autumn 2012 and may be subject to a further consultation before the Commission makes its final recommendations to the Secretary of State by 1 October 2013.

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