Window of opportunity for election candidates

Anyone intending to stand as a candidate in May’s elections is being advised to submit their nomination papers ahead of the deadline of 4pm on Tuesday, 5 April 2022.

Notices of Election for the Westmorland and Furness Council election and scheduled parish and town council elections have been published today (28 March).

This means that nomination papers can now be submitted by anyone wishing to stand for election on 5 May.

Nomination packs for the new wards for Westmorland and Furness Council are available from local election teams at Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District councils, as well as political party agents and relevant parish/town council clerks.

Packs have been given out to prospective candidates who have already expressed an interest in standing for election and were distributed at a prospective candidates’ and agents briefing on 2 March.

As the time allowed for submission of these papers is short, if anyone wishes to stand as a candidate they are being strongly advised to complete and submit their nomination papers as soon as possible.

A new website has also been launched today (28 March) for the Shadow Authority for Westmorland and Furness Council.

The new website can be found at: www.westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk

The new website includes an interactive map showing all the new wards in the new authority, as well as details about the Notice of Election for the new Westmorland and Furness Council, how to stand as a candidate and information about the Shadow Authority and Joint Committee arrangements.

In order to vote on 5 May, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Thursday, 14 April.

It takes just five minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

People can choose to vote in a number of ways – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 April.

For information on registering to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter

This year residents will be voting to elect councillors to the new Westmorland and Furness Council, as well as electing councillors to some parish and town councils in areas where there is a vacancy.

In the areas currently covered by Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District councils 65 councillors will be elected in new Westmorland and Furness wards.

These councillors will be elected for a five-year term of office, the first year on a Westmorland and Furness ‘Shadow Authority’ that will oversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council, followed by four years on Westmorland and Furness Council, which will ‘go live’ in April 2023.

The existing county, borough and district councils will continue to operate and deliver all current services until Vesting Day for the new authority on 1 April 2023.

On that date the Shadow Authority and its 65 councillors become the new Westmorland and Furness Council and it will take over responsibility for services. At that point the existing county, borough and district councils will be dissolved.