Wednesday 04 January 2017
04 / 01 / 2017

New Parliamentary Boundary Consultation Portal a big step forward for Digital Democracy

The new Parliamentary Boundary Consultation Portal (PBCP) is proving to be a huge success with members of communities affected by proposed parliamentary boundary changes. Built by award winning IT consultancy, Informed Solutions, the recently launched website enables those affected by the proposed changes to view them online and submit feedback from the comfort of their own homes...

The new Parliamentary Boundary Consultation Portal (PBCP) is proving to be a huge success with members of communities affected by proposed parliamentary boundary changes. Built by award winning IT consultancy, Informed Solutions, the recently launched website enables those affected by the proposed changes to view them online and submit feedback from the comfort of their own homes.

The current review of parliamentary boundaries proposes that the number of UK constituencies should reduce from 650 to 600. Leading Digital Transformation specialists, Informed Solutions, were engaged by the Cabinet Office to deliver the PBCP for the Boundary Commissions of England, Wales and Scotland. The portal recently went live and immediately proved to be extremely popular, with 220,000 visits to the site in its first 24 hours of operation, and has resulted in over 80% of the 17,000 representations made to date being made online.

Sam Hartley, ‎Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said:

“Consulting with the public to define the parliamentary constituency boundaries is a hugely important process. Enabling the public to access proposed changes and comment on them online is a significant step forward in making the democratic process more digital and therefore more interactive and transparent. This project is unique in that it is the first portal to combine the consultation process for the Boundary Commissions for England, Scotland and Wales onto one platform. We are pleased to be collaborating with Informed Solutions on this exciting journey to deliver an innovative public service.”

Informed’s UK CEO, Seth Finegan has echoed these sentiments:

“It is great to be working with the Cabinet Office on such an important project, and we are delighted with the early take up of the system by the public.  During the 2013 review, only 20% of responses to the Government were made digitally, so the fact that over 80% of representations in this round of consultation have been made online is extremely encouraging, and suggests that it is already proving to be a great success.”

The current review will run between September 2016 and 2018. The portal can be found at; https://www.bce2018.org.uk/