Our Councillors will vote on changing the authority’s electoral cycle, at a meeting on this evening. The vote, which requires a two-thirds majority of those in attendance to be carried, follows a commitment made by the Leader of the Council in March 2016.
Councillors will consider switching to an ‘all-out’ model, where all 51 members are elected at the same time. Currently, Derby elects a third of its councillors three out of every four years. If the recommendations are approved the first all-out election will not be held until 2020.
The debate surrounding the merits of the two systems has long been a topic of debate amongst councillors, while a recent consultation has also gauged public opinion.
The exercise found that the majority of respondents were in favour of the changes. Derby Renaissance Board, representing the city’s biggest employers; the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce; the University of Derby and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership have also come out in favour of the switch. But others have called for the system to remain the same, citing the need to maintain accountability and to regularly hold the administration to account.
In the run up to tonight’s vote, it appears as though opinion amongst councillors may be divided and that the outcome is likely to be closely contested.
We’ve put together a handy guide of some of the arguments mentioned in the consultation, to help you reach your own conclusions ahead of the all-important vote: