Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all local authorities have to review their representation arrangements at least once every 6 years.
This process is called the Representation Review.
The Representation Review requires the Council to decide how its Councillors are elected:
- by the electors of the district as a whole (ie city-wide), or
- by the electors of two or more wards, or
- a combination of both.
The Review also decides the number of Councillors to be elected.
As part of the process, the Council also has to review how the existing community boards are operating and decide whether to set up more community boards.
The Council has recently completed its latest review and has decided to retain its current representation arrangements for the 2013 local authority election. The Council is required to undertake its next review in time for the 2019 election, but can decide to carry out that review before then if it so chooses.