The Government has published the Boundary Commissions’ final reports and recommendations for the new UK Parliamentary constituency boundaries this week (10 September), making them publicly available online.
The four independent reports offer respective recommendations for each part of the UK, with the primary aim of making constituencies equal to ensure voting remains representative, despite fluctuations in population size. The 2018 Review is the seventh general review of constituency boundaries, succeeding the 2013 Review which was abandoned before completion due to disagreements within the Coalition Government.
Although the proposals await the backing of MPs and peers, the UK could see the number of MPs cut from 650 to 600, including:
- England: 501 seats (down from 533)
- Scotland: 53 seats (down from 59)
- Wales: 29 seats (down from 40)
- Northern Ireland: 17 seats (down from 18)
Commenting on the proposed changes, Idox Elections’ Managing Director, William Quinton said:
“Pending parliamentary approval, these changes will come into effect for the next general election, currently scheduled for 2022; but the government has not yet timetabled parliamentary time, so the pressure is again likely to fall on electoral registration officers to meet the deadline.
“We know that actioning any future boundary changes is a resource, cost and time-intensive undertaking, requiring significant planning and investment. Having developed and piloted our Atlas module earlier this year in anticipation of such changes, we look forward to supporting local authorities and valuation joint boards with a fully-automated solution that has already delivered lightning-quick boundary changes for localities of all shapes and sizes.”