Parish polls have been discussed by government now for over two years. Government is finally set to introduce regulations to increase the number of people who can call a poll. Historically parish polls have been called by local government electors in the parish on questions arising at a parish meeting. As few as 10 electors or one third of the number of local government electors present have been able to ask for a poll. Government says that the call for the parish poll has been “inappropriately exploiting” the system. It has also been putting a financial strain on parish funds.
Government proposals are that no poll can be taken unless demanded by the majority of electors present and the electors demanding a poll constitute not less than: 1) 10% of the electors for the community; 2) 60 electors (if 10% of electors exceeds 60)