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Written Statement - Response to the recommendations of The Mathias Review of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales’ electoral reviews

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This report recommends action to ensure the electoral review process is improved in the immediate future and longer term legislative changes are implemented.
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Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities

In December 2010 I announced a decision to establish an independent review of the timetabling and quality issues associated with the electoral review programme by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales and to identify actions required to ensure the delivery of the reviews in good time for the 2016 elections. In March last year I designated Glyn Mathias to conduct the review and to report to me by June.

On 22nd June, I made a statement to this Assembly following my receipt of the review’s report, responding to the overall finding that the Commission was ‘not fit for purpose’ and announced appropriate action. I undertook to provide a further statement outlining next steps.

The full recommendations of the report, together with my response, are as follows (See attachment below) (Note: numbers in brackets refer to paragraphs in the Mathias report).