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How does the Commission conduct its work?

In order to achieve its aims, the Commission carries out three main types of review:

Electoral reviews: these are reviews of the electoral arrangements of local authorities: the number of councillors, the names, number and boundaries of wards and electoral divisions and the number of councillors to be elected to each.

Principal Area Boundary Reviews (PABRs): these are reviews of the boundaries between local authorities. The scale of a PABR can range from addressing a minor boundary anomaly (e.g. where the boundary has not kept pace with the development of neighbouring authorities) to whole-council mergers.

Structural reviews: advising the Secretary of State, at his request, on proposals he receives from local authorities to change from two-tier to unitary local government.

This part of our website deals with electoral reviews only. You can find out more about the other types of review on our main website.