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Levelling Up Committee to scrutinise Government’s elections policy

22 August 2022

Following the publication of the Government’s “Draft Electoral Commission Strategy and Policy Statement” today (Monday), the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee will commence scrutiny of this in September.

The Draft Strategy and Policy Statement sets out the Government’s strategic and policy priorities for elections and referendums. It also sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Electoral Commission – the independent body that oversees elections – in meeting those priorities. The Draft Statement, made by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is a new procedure introduced by the Elections Act 2022.

As a statutory consultee, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee will hold a short inquiry into the Draft Statement and publish recommendations for the Government in Autumn. We will begin oral evidence sessions when Parliament returns from recess in September.

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