Elections on 5 May 2022
Elections will take place on 5 May 2022; they will be the biggest local elections in Somerset for many years and will set the course of local government in our county for a generation to come.
Voters will choose who represents them for the next five years at county and local levels – a term that is longer than usual.
For the first year, the newly elected councillors will be responsible for existing Somerset County Council services and will oversee the creation of a new single Somerset Council. Then from 1 April 2023, when the new Somerset Council comes into being, they will assume responsibility for all council services in Somerset.
Councillors at city, town and parishes level will also have a vital role, pioneering new Local Community Networks with power to influence important decisions. They will also have a range of opportunities – if they want – to take control of local assets and services on a cost-neutral basis, such as parks and community centres.
There are no elections at district level. The four district councils and their councillors in Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset will continue until 1 April 2023 when the new Somerset Council comes into being.
The subsequent elections will be in May 2027, after which local elections will be held every four years. A full boundary review, that sets the area each councillor represents, is expected before the 2027 elections.