Consultation to change scheme of elections


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Consultation Started: 25 Jul 2022 - Consultation Ended: 19 Sep 2022

Resolved: At the end of the petition period

Peterborough City Council is considering holding 'all-out' city council elections every four years.

Currently, residents in most wards vote for one new city councillor in three out of every four years. In the fourth year, there is a fallow period with no elections held.

The current system has benefits such as allowing new councillors to regularly join the authority, bringing fresh ideas. It is what local residents are used to.

The proposal to move to 'all-out' elections would see all 60 council seats up for election every four years.

The move comes following a recommendation by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) during an external review of our finance and governance last year. They recommend that we formally consider moving to 'all-out' city council elections every four years. This is to encourage stable decision making and tackle long-term challenges.

Let us know what you think - complete our survey

We have launched a public consultation over the proposals. It runs from Monday 25 July until Monday 19 September 2022 and we would like to hear from as many people as possible.

As part of the consultation, we are also seeking views on when to begin such elections. We have suggested 2023 or 2024. 

After the consultation, we will hold a specially convened council meeting to finalise a decision.

If you would like translated hard copies of the consultation document and survey, please email