Parish Polls to be “modernised”
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)