Birmingham’s vast electoral wards will be redrawn into smaller ones to reflect a cull of councillors, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has said.
A review of governance was among recommendations from last year’s review by Lord Kerslake of the council’s functioning.
Birmingham has 120 councillors spread among 40 wards with an average electorate of 27,600 each, putting them among the country’s largest.
The commission said it expected to recommend only 100 councillors on a new pattern of wards with the number of councillors in each depending on local circumstances and the outcome of a consultation.
Commission chair Max Caller (pictured) said: “We have concluded that 100 councillors will help the council address the failings of the past, reflect the process of change which is already underway as well as helping councillors and staff to deliver its ambitions for the future.
“The Kerslake report highlighted how the council needs to change. In particular, it described how the current quantity of councillors, committees and decision making bodies had not always translated into a high quality of representation for local people or allowed the council to develop a vision for the future.”
The consultation runs until 28 September and the commission’s recommendations are due in December.
Council leader Sir Albert Bore (Lab) said: “Moving to all out elections and smaller wards with one or two councillors will be a big change from the system of local democracy we have become used to. It is important that the new boundaries reflect the local areas that people know.”
An improvement panel set up following the Kerslake review this week warned that Birmingham’ senior management remains “extremely stretched”, with councillors too focused on internal politics.