On Thursday 2 May 2019, local elections will be held in 248 councils in England. These votes are important, deciding the make up and ethos of councils, who have powers over housing, council tax, transport and other public services, such as education, environmental health, housing, social services, leisure and planning.

The election is also for directly elected mayors in six areas of the UK – two of which are in the North East. This will be the first election for the North of Tyne Combined Authority Mayor, who will have additional powers for Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Ballot box

The elections are also for the regional mayor for the Tees Valley. Compared to councils, these mayors have additional responsibility, powers and budget relating to job creation and growing the local economy, skills development, infrastructure, transport across multiple local authorities (councils).

Local authorities deliver a range of services to children, young people and families, and set out the strategic vision and goals for the area they represent. Because of local powers over budget allocation and public services, the elections provide a great opportunity to raise issues affecting children, young people and families with local representatives.

We would like to see all potential councillors and mayors committing to challenge inequality and to champion the rights of children.

School children

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Are you registered to vote? Quick! The deadline to register is 12 April.

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 Who can vote

  • You need to be 18 or over to vote
  • You need to be either a UK citizen, an EU citizen living in the UK, or a Commonwealth citizen living in the UK with leave to enter or remain.

To register

(Did you know that in Scotland, you can register at 15, and vote at 16 in Scottish elections?!)

Useful Links

Find out if there are local elections in your area here:

http://democraticdashboard.com/elections/english-local-elections-2019

The Electoral Commission have details on how to find out if you are already registered to vote: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/register-to-vote/find-your-local-authority

North of Tyne Combined Authority: https://www.northoftyne-ca.gov.uk/north-of-tyne-mayor-election

Tees Valley Combined Authority: https://teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/mayor/