Local government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections - Thursday 6 May 2021

The local government and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

We'll update this page with more information as it becomes available. You can also find out about voting and how to register to vote.

Key election dates

  • Registration deadline
    The registration deadline for these elections is Monday 19 April, you can register to vote online.

  • Postal vote deadline
    If you wish to register to vote by post for the first time, or you would like to change or cancel your existing postal or proxy vote, your application must reach us before Tuesday 20 April at 5pm.

  • Proxy vote deadline
    If you wish to vote via a proxy for the first time, your application must reach us before Tuesday 27 April at 5pm.

About the elections

Local government election

At this election 21 councillors (one third of the council) are being elected. Find out more about the results of our local elections as they come in

Statements of persons nominated

Central Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Guest Ian 24 West View, Barnsley, S70 1QR Green Party PRO: Shirley Archer
SEC: Brian W Archer
Risebury Summer Louanne Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour Party PRO: Anita Cherryholme
SEC: John S Bostwick
Rogerson Catherine Theresa Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Robert E Teal
SEC: Carolyn T Teal
Thompson Adrian Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Peter M Millward
SEC: Jacqueline Millward

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Cudworth Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Arnold Mark Anthony 45 Midland Road, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4QN Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Geoffrey Brazier
SEC: Susan Brazier
Brook Mark James Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Ian Hazelgrave
SEC: Brian Hazelgrave
Houghton Steve 7 Paddock Grove, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8GF Labour Party PRO: Joseph W Hayward
SEC: Charles C Wraith
Waters Elizabeth Kate Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Helen Bellamy
SEC: Alan Dowle

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Darfield Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Bennett Kevin Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Louisa Bennett
SEC: June J Outwin
Harrison Benjamin John Richard Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Keith Ashmore
SEC: Susan Ashmore
Osborne Kevin John Howard 14 Mary Street, Little Houghton, Barnsley, S72 0HB Labour Party PRO: Pauline Markham
SEC: Stephen Kay
Semley Victoria Flat 3, Upperwood Court, 1 Upperwood Road, Darfield, Barnsley, S73 9QR Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Kimberley Anne Bucur
SEC: Jacqueline Coates
Stringer Graham Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The For Britain Movement PRO: Karen Stringer
SEC: Caroline J Baker-Knowles
Tonkinson Kris Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Independent PRO: Michael Wilson
SEC: Bradley Alan Metcalf

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Darton East Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Crisp Mat Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Stephen David Hunt
SEC: Stephen A Wood
Love Sharon 120 Kingsway, Mapplewell, Barnsley, S75 6EU Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Peter Love
SEC: Linda M Parkinson
Mcara-Marsh Kirsty 36 Richard Road, Darton, Barnsley, S75 5NP Green Party PRO: Nataliya McDonagh
SEC: Peter Filius
Miller John Michael Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Robert J Barnard
SEC: Geoffrey T Walker
Webster Dave Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour and Co-operative Party PRO: Joseph M Bagas
SEC: Mary Bagas

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Darton West Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Bates Marie 20 Ripley Grove, Redbrook, Barnsley, S75 2RX The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Kenneth Rimmington
SEC: Jane T Regan
Cave Alice 5 Alford Close, Redbrook, Barnsley, S75 2SB Labour Party PRO: Daniel J Griffin
SEC: Holly A Tasker
Heyes Tom 130 Churchfield Lane, Darton, Barnsley, S75 5DU Green Party PRO: Katy J Taylor
SEC: Allan R Taylor
Waters Andrew Stephen Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Kevin Bennett
SEC: Christopher Wray

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Dearne North Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Cain Wendy Ann Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour Party PRO: Stephen Gollick
SEC: Peter Shields
Hill George Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Christine Spencer
SEC: Mark Kantecki
Hulme Simon Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Amanda Wardle
SEC: Robert Lasham
Jarvis Savannah 21 Crofton Drive, Bolton Upon Dearne, Rotherham, S63 8AN Social Democratic Party PRO: Thomas Dale
SEC: Shannon Wilkinson
Spencer Maxine 19 Lockwood Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9JY English Democrats - "Putting England First!" PRO: Jon Seymour
SEC: Maxine Spencer

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Dearne South Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Coates Dorothy Hall Croft, High Street, Billingley, Barnsley, S72 0JA Labour Party PRO: Patricia S Hubery
SEC: Alan George
Fielding Linda Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Michelle Greaves
SEC: Rebekah Greaves
Griffin Jacob Graham Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Brian P Jackson
SEC: Rosemary S Jackson
Jarvis David Alan 173 Ringway, Bolton Upon Dearne, Rotherham, S63 8AU Social Democratic Party PRO: David A Jarvis
SEC: Lorraine Lee
Polenceusz Janus 12 Albert Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9NJ English Democrats - "Putting England First!" PRO: Janus Polenceusz
SEC: Ursula Polenceusz

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Dodworth Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Birkinshaw Phillip 37 Broadway, Barnsley, S70 6QL Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Steven Wyatt
SEC: Christine Wyatt
Johnson-Henshaw Emma Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour Party PRO: Margaret Clarke
SEC: Ian D Clarke
Ogden Lee 4 Samuel Road, Gawber, Barnsley, S75 2PB The Conservative Party candidate PRO: John M Wilson
SEC: Keith Goodall
Trotman Rebecca Jean 66 High Street, Penistone, South Yorkshire, S36 6BS Green Party PRO: Folashade A Bamgboye
SEC: Ebidapo A Bamgboye
Wray Chris Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Peter J Fielding
SEC: Linda Fielding

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Hoyland Milton Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Evans John Brian 4 The Green, Hemingfield, Barnsley, S73 0PT Green Party PRO: Bridget Evans
SEC: John Gessler
Lawrence Glenn Charles 132 Cemetery Road, Hemingfield, Barnsley, S73 0QN Liberal Democrats PRO: Lisa A Cairns
SEC: Jamie R Cairns
Simpson Daniel 23 Queensway, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9RL Independent PRO: Laura V Davies
SEC: Joseph Callum Davies
Stowe James Michael 26 Newsome Avenue, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 8QS Labour Party PRO: Robin Franklin
SEC: Tomothy Shepherd
Waller Angela 131 Cemetery Road, Hemingfield, Barnsley, S73 0QN Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PRO: Jane A Love
SEC: Graeme Daniel Waller
White David Andrew Dunwell South, Grove Drive, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 9DY The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Kevin R Shipley
SEC: Tracey A Shipley

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Kingstone Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Doyle Peter 71 Mount Vernon Road, Barnsley, S70 4DW Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Claire C Hatton
SEC: Christopher Huskins
Giles Peter Gordon 94 Lancaster Street, Barnsley, S70 6EW Green Party PRO: Lynne C Kirk
SEC: Lauren West
Holland Tracey-Ann 4 Eshton Walk, Barnsley, S70 2PG Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PRO: Valerie Holland
SEC: Estelle Mageean
Levitt-Smillie Ian Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Joanne Levitt-Smillie
SEC: Daniel W Mills
Ramchandani Pooja Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour Party PRO: Moira L Tombs
SEC: Alice Durham-Suwareh
Turner Carlo Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Independent PRO: John Green
SEC: Margaret Green
Wright Philip David 43 Keresforth Hall Road, Barnsley, S70 6NF Liberal Democrats PRO: Elizabeth Kate Waters
SEC: Susan Wright

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Monk Bretton Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Green Steve 49 Hawthorne Avenue, Lundwood, Barnsley, S71 5FT Labour Party PRO: Kenneth Richardson
SEC: Thomas D Sheard
McNair Gary Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Iris McNair
SEC: Christine G McNair
Nicholson Matthew Rigden Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Lorraine Hooley
SEC: Anthony Pratt
Scarfe Chris 4 Mount Street, Barnsley, S70 1PA Green Party PRO: Robert Baker
SEC: Zoe Baker
Toon Michael John Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Alan Steven Myatt
SEC: Sheila Myatt

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

North East Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Archer Raymond 14 Stacey Crescent, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, S72 7DP Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Kathleen Archer
SEC: Julie Schofield
Christmas Sam Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Steven Robinson
SEC: Julie D Parkin
Ennis Jeff 2a Cross Hill, Brierley, Barnsley, S72 9LE Labour Party PRO: Dorothy L Higginbottom
SEC: Ashley J Peace
Wilkinson Samuel Joe Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Martin Bancroft
SEC: Pauline Joyce

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Old Town Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Fielding Will 3 Regent Court, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, S75 1AJ Liberal Democrats PRO: Thomas J Fielding
SEC: Nicola L Sampson
Hardcastle Liam James Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Michael Newsome
SEC: Harry Wright
Lofts Phil Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Labour Party PRO: Sheila Lowe
SEC: Barry Lowe
Mageean Estelle Marie 19 Waterloo Road, Barnsley, S70 6EL Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PRO: Craig Armour
SEC: Elizabeth Armour
Nixon Gillian Margaret Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Green Party PRO: John Martin Puk
SEC: Bryony L Nixon
Watkinson Clive Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Philip Andrew Lees
SEC: Iris Rowe
Wood Donald Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Independent PRO: Ernest Dyson
SEC: Malcolm Hepworth

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Penistone East Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Burnett Alex Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Labour Party PRO: Margaret A Tylee
SEC: Barry E Tylee
Raynor Kate Helen 5 West End Avenue, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, S36 9NZ Green Party PRO: Anne Horbury
SEC: Mina Thelwell
Waters Susan Jane 7 Huskar Close, Silkstone, Barnsley, S75 4SX Liberal Democrats PRO: Andrew Waters
SEC: Rebecca F Waters
Wilson John Major 23 Harden Close, Pogmoor, Barnsley, S75 2JJ The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Deborah J Toon
SEC: Michael J Toon

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Penistone West Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Bancroft Martin Richard Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Andrew R Millner
SEC: Gillian R Millner
Dillingham Edward Century House, Manchester Road, Millhouse Green, Barnsley, S36 9LQ Reform UK PRO: Nicola Byme
SEC: Paul A Byme
Grainger Sarah Louise Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Labour Party PRO: Joanna Newing
SEC: Frances Nixon
Lowe-Flello Mandy 10 Foxmill View, Millhouse Green, Sheffield, S36 9AB Liberal Democrats PRO: David S Greenhough
SEC: James R Kitching
Trotman Richard Thomas James 66 High Street, Penistone, South Yorkshire, S36 6BS Green Party PRO: Evelyn J Trotman
SEC: Rebecca J Trotman

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Rockingham Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Belk Andy Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Keep Equality Safe Party PRO: Michael J Barton
SEC: Anne Barton
Fletcher Karen 50 Shaftsbury Drive, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 0DG Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition PRO: Shaun Fletcher
SEC: David C Pell
Garratt Roy Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Charles H Hesketh
SEC: Gilliam M Hesketh
Grinham James Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Green Party PRO: Callum Sverdloff
SEC: Ann Walker
Nugent Paul Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Liberal Democrats PRO: Simon R Hulme
SEC: Sarah B Hulme
Sumner Nicola Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Labour Party PRO: Martin A Flack
SEC: Terry Dodson

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Royston Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Davies Michael Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: John Hollingsworth
SEC: Annette Hollingsworth
Fisher Neil Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Independent PRO: Tomothy Dowding
SEC: Melanie J Bray
Harper Kirk 35 Milgate Street, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4QG Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Helen Richardson
SEC: Matthew Keith Lowe
Layton Simon Michael Bullivant 5 Bell Cross Gardens, Saville Street, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8WT Green Party PRO: Jack Layton
SEC: Natalie Layton
Makinson Caroline 2a Haigh Croft, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4SF Labour Party PRO: Graham Kyte
SEC: William H Newman
Smith Patrick Dimelow Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Liberal Democrats PRO: Ada Snowden
SEC: Doreen Wilson

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

St Helen's Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Booth Sarah Elizabeth Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Liberal Democrats PRO: Jonathan Hood
SEC: Taylor Hodgekinson
Chambers Mick 316 Carlton Road, Athersley South, Barnsley, S71 2BQ Yorkshire Party PRO: Sylvia Chambers
SEC: Steven Chambers
Cutts Donna Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Jeanie Bird
SEC: James Powers
Jones Alan 269 Wakefield Road, Smithies, Barnsley, S71 3TX Green Party PRO: Graham G Dewberry
SEC: Jean Dewberry
Tattersall Sarah Jane 372 Carlton Road, Athersley, Barnsley, S71 2BJ Labour Party PRO: Kathleen Bostwick
SEC: Jennifer Platts
Vajda Steve Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Social Democratic Party PRO: Keith D Stuart-Clarke
SEC: Lee Cartmell

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Stairfoot Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Dyson Karen 65 Roehampton Rose, Ardsley, Barnsley, S71 5BN Labour Party PRO: Martin C Dyson
SEC: Daniel J Dyson
Hill Elizabeth Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Molly Cundy
SEC: Gordon R Cundy
Johnson Wayne 4 White Cross Lane, Worsbrough Dale, Barnsley, S70 4RW Independent PRO: Brian H Mathers
SEC: Mary Mathers
Kitching James Robert Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Liberal Democrats PRO: Lily Wilson
SEC: Peter Bradshaw
Thewlis Kay Louise 7 Broom Close, Kendray, Barnsley, S70 3EG Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Sonja M Rose
SEC: Ronald Mann

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Wombwell Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Higginbottom James Lewis 83 Brampton Road, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0SS Labour Party PRO: Robert Frost
SEC: Brenda Eastwood
Kusners Simon Nicholas Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Green Party PRO: Mark Jones
SEC: Terri Button
Rose Susan Mary Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area Liberal Democrats PRO: Emily Whitaker-Jones
SEC: Stacey L Williams
Seymour Jon Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  English Democrats - "Putting England First!" PRO: Declan Maile
SEC: Sandra Wild
Stewart Amy Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Independent PRO: Angela Silcock
SEC: John Peake
Thompson Rachel Louise 37 Carr Field Lane, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, S63 8AP Social Democratic Party PRO: Leaann Adams
SEC: Robert Stephen Adams
Wilkinson Alex Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Pamela M Jenner
SEC: Keith T Jenner

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Worsbrough Ward

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Borough Councillor for the said Electoral Ward

Surname Other names Home address Description Names of proposer and seconder
Barraclough Michael Alan Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  The Conservative Party candidate PRO: Joan Hill
SEC: Jack Michael Hill
Bowser Roy Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Labour Party PRO: John W Clarke
SEC: Doreen Clarke
Calvert Sarah 29 Strafford Avenue, Worsbrough, Barnsley, S70 6ST Liberal Democrats PRO: Neil Calvert
SEC: Susan M Rose
Carr Gillian Address in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council area  Barnsley Independent Group PRO: Janet Fox
SEC: Steven J Levesley

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Information for candidates

There will be an online briefing for all potential candidates at the local elections on Tuesday 27 April at 5pm. Anyone wishing to attend can do so by contacting peterclark@barnsley.gov.uk for a link to the briefing.  

Changes to voting due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have made the following changes to to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible.

Elections on 6 May

  • Voters will receive 2 ballot papers in their postal vote or at their polling station
  • The yellow ballot paper will be for the local election, the white ballot paper will be for the Police and Crime Commissioner election
  • Both sets of ballot papers will be verified on Friday 7 May, the Police and Crime Commissioner election votes will then be counted on Monday 10 May

Postal voting

  • Postal votes will be sent out on Monday 19 April
  • The first postal vote opening session will be at 10am on Monday 26 April in various rooms on the second floor in the Town Hall
  • A timetable will be sent out after the close of nominations, your ward will only be opened at the time specified on the timetable
  • Only one observer per candidate will be permitted
  • Observers at postal vote openings must wear face coverings
  • A two metre social distance should be maintained
  • There will be screens separating observers from staff

Polling day

  • Voters will be required to wear face coverings, as will all polling station staff
  • Voters will be required to stay socially distanced and use hand sanitiser
  • Some polling stations may only admit one voter at a time, voters may be asked to queue outside
  • Only one polling agent is permitted inside a polling station at any time
  • Any tellers should wear a face covering and remain socially distanced from voters and other tellers

Verification and counting of the votes

  • The verification and count will be held at The Metrodome, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN
  • Seven wards will be verified and counted at a time. A schedule will be published after the close of nominations.
  • Candidates, election agents, counting agents and one other person appointed by the candidate are entitled to attend.
    • Candidates will only be permitted to appoint one counting agent each
    • Please do not attend the venue before the scheduled start time for your ward
    • You will be required to wear a mask and stay socially distanced at all time during the count
  • Only permitted observers for the wards being counted will be permitted to be in the building
  • You will only be permitted to observe your ward
  • You will only be permitted to observe from the markers to ensure social distancing
  • COVID Marshalls will be on duty to enforce these restrictions

Candidate spending

This year the government has increased the amount candidates can spend at local elections to £806 plus 7p per registered voter on the register in force at the Notice of Election.

Guidance on campaigning

The government has now published its guidance on campaigning for the elections in May. 

In summary if you’re involved in the electoral process, you must ensure that public health is protected. There’s a balance to be struck in allowing campaigning activity and continuing to protect the NHS and save lives. You must continue to show social responsibility and ensure that your campaigners understand the rules.

It’s important to remember that the whole of England remains in a national lockdown (and will do until 29 March), and we should do all we can to make sure that our residents follow the guidance. To make sure that the electorate can be as informed about the choices in elections, the government is making changes to legislation to enable a substantial range of COVID-secure campaigning by candidates/campaigns and their supporters.

Campaigning up to the 8 March

You can continue to send campaigning information remotely, for example, through online campaign events and materials. Use of online and telephone campaigning remains the safest way to conduct campaigning for the polls on 6 May.

Leaving home to undertake leafleting increases the risk of unnecessary social interactions and viral transmission both during travel and on doorsteps. You should instead ensure leafleting is carried out through existing commercial delivery services.

No doorstep campaigning should take place before 8 March.

Campaigning safely from 8 March

The government will change the lockdown regulations to support door to door campaigning activity. You can only carry out this activity if you’re campaigning for a specific electoral outcome. You still need to adhere to rules regarding social distancing and limits on gatherings.

This can apply to anyone asked by a candidate, party or campaign organiser to participate. If you’re in charge of campaigns, you have to ensure that campaigners understand the guidance and responsibilities to follow the lockdown rules. Before any campaigning, you should undertake a risk assessment. Political parties should provide guidance to party campaigners to support this. This is the advice of Public Health England. You should:

  • ensure that you’re well; if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, you must stay at home
  • make sure that you wash your hands more often and for twenty seconds, or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • wear a face covering when meeting anybody you do not live with, whether electors or other campaigners
  • maintain effective social distancing when talking to people, staying two metres apart at all times.

Organising campaign material and meetings from the 8 March

You shouldn't meet with other campaigners indoors. It’s safer to meet outdoors, where the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 is much lower, but you should still maintain two-metre social distancing.

You should handle operational collection and delivery of campaign literature on a click and drop or doorstep drop procedure, same as other goods deliveries during the pandemic. Only rarely will two people be required indoors at the same location to manage bulk delivery handling. You should keep these interactions to a minimum to reduce contact and follow the guidance at all times.

Meetings to organise and plan campaigns should be held online or over the phone. They should not take place in person. If you must attend in person, for example, to collect printed materials, you should organise this on a one by one basis. You should keep two metres apart and follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times.

Out and about in your community from the 8 March

  • You can deliver leaflets and canvass electors about the elections and local referendums taking place on 6 May and any further by-elections and local referendums being held for as long as COVID-19 related restrictions remain in place.
  • You should keep the number of campaigners operating together to an absolute minimum and ensure you’re always at least two metres apart.
  • You should not enter a private home. You may speak to electors on their doorsteps, ensuring you’re always at least two metres apart.
  • You should only enter premises, such as a shared hallway in a block of flats, where necessary to reach individual homes served by communal areas. Unless it’s unsafe to do so, canvassing from within shared internal areas should be carried out by a single campaigner.
  • Hustings and public meetings must take place remotely.

Campaigning safely from 29 March

From 29 March, the provision for six people or two households to meet outdoors may support organisational work by campaigners and the holding of meetings outdoors. At this stage, there will be no change to the rules on meeting others indoors. This means that the rules on doorstep campaigning will not change from the information above. All campaigning activity will need to follow the relevant rules on gatherings and social distancing. If it is necessary to meet electors, you should continue to do so outdoors, for example, on the doorstep, and should not enter people’s homes.

You may wish to have colleagues nearby as part of your campaigning. You need to conduct individual doorstep campaigning on a one to one basis. You should stay at least two metres apart from each other as well as from the electors you’re canvassing.

Notice of election 

Election of Councillors 

Ward/Division  Number of Councillors to be elected
Central  1
Cudworth  1
Darfield  1
Darton East  1
Darton West  1
Dearne North  1
Dearne South  1
Dodworth  1
Hoyland Milton 1
Kingstone 1
Monk Bretton  1
North East  1
Old Town  1
Penistone East  1
Penistone West  1
Rockingham  1
Royston  1
St Helen's  1
Stairfoot  1
Wombwell  1
Worsbrough  1
  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA between 9am and 4pm on any working day from the date of publication of this notice (excluding bank holidays). The deadline for the receipt of nomination packs is 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.

  • Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA during the times stated above.

  • If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

  • Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday 19 April 2021. Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5 pm Tuesday 27 April 2021.

  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA by 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.

More information

You can find more information on the government website or contact Peter Clark, the Elections Manager on 01226 772343

We will keep you informed as further guidance is provided.

Police and Crime Commissioner election

This election will take place across the whole of South Yorkshire, Barnsley (the lead authority) Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Statement of persons nominated

The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as Police and Crime Commissioner for the said Police Area

Surname Other names Description Address Names of proposer and seconder
Billings Alan Roy Labour and Co-operative Party 43 Northfield Court, Sheffield, S10 1QR PRO: Stephen Houghton
SEC: James Andrews
Chinchen David Lewis Conservative Party candidate 5 Deira Drive, Dore, Sheffield, S17 3SD PRO: Deborah Toon
SEC: Richard Blyth
Otten Joe Liberal Democrats Address in South Yorkshire Police area PRO: Shaffaq Mohammed
SEC: Colin Ross

The above persons have been and stand validly nominated.

Information for candidates

There will be an online briefing for all potential candidates at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Monday 26 April at 5pm. Anyone wishing to attend can do so by contacting peterclark@barnsley.gov.uk for a link to the briefing.  

Changes to voting due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have made the following changes to to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible.

Elections on 6 May

  • In addition to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, the following elections are taking place on 6 May in each local authority area:
    • Barnsley: Local Elections (by thirds)
    • Doncaster: Local Elections (full council), Local Authority Mayor, Parish Councils (if contested)
    • Rotherham: Local Elections (full council), Parish Councils (if contested)
  • In all areas the white ballot paper will be for the police and crime commissioner election
  • The PCC ballot papers will be verified locally either overnight on Thursday 6 May or on Friday 7 May, the Police and Crime Commissioner election votes will then be counted on Monday 10 May

Postal voting

  • Postal votes will be sent out on Monday 19 April
  • The details of each local authority’s postal vote openings will be provided to candidates after the close of nominations
  • Observers at postal vote openings must wear face coverings
  • A two metre social distance should be maintained
  • There will be screens separating observers from staff

Polling day

  • Voters will be required to wear face coverings, as will all polling station staff
  • Voters will be required to stay socially distanced and use hand sanitiser
  • Some polling stations may only admit one voter at a time, voters may be asked to queue outside
  • Only one polling agent is permitted inside a polling station at any time
  • Any tellers should wear a face covering and remain socially distanced from voters and other tellers

Verification and counting of the votes

  • The verification and count will be held at The Metrodome, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN
  • Candidates, election agents, counting agents and one other person appointed by the candidate are entitled to attend.
    • After the close of nominations candidates will be informed how many counting agents they are entitled to appoint for each local authority. Forms will be provided that should be returned directly to the local authority in question
    • You will be required to wear a mask and stay socially distanced at all times during the count
  • You will only be permitted to observe from the markers to ensure social distancing
  • COVID Marshalls will be on duty to enforce these restrictions

Deposit

Candidates must pay a deposit of £5000 which is refundable if they receive 5% of the first preference votes. If possible please make this payment electronically within 24 hours of submitting your nomination and no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April. Our payment details are 

  • Sort Code: 20-04-50
  • Account Number: 53279049
  • Name: Acting Returning Officer for Parliamentary Elections in Barnsley 

Please email peterclark@barnsley.gov.uk to let us know the payment has been made and include the details of how you would like the deposit to be refunded.

Candidate spending

The time when spending and donation rules apply is called the ‘regulated period’. The regulated period begins on the day after the date you officially become a candidate and ends on polling day.

The earliest date you can officially become a candidate is the last date for publication of the notice of election, which is 29 March.

You must keep within the spending limit during the regulated period. You must keep a record of your spending on items and services you use during the regulated period, and donations you receive towards that spending.

  • Returns due Monday 19 July (70 calendar days after result of election)
  • Failure to submit a spending return is a criminal offence enforceable by police
  • The spending limit for South Yorkshire is £178,637

Guidance on campaigning

The government has now published its guidance on campaigning for the elections in May. 

In summary if you’re involved in the electoral process, you must ensure that public health is protected. There’s a balance to be struck in allowing campaigning activity and continuing to protect the NHS and save lives. You must continue to show social responsibility and ensure that your campaigners understand the rules.

It’s important to remember that the whole of England remains in a national lockdown (and will do until 29 March), and we should do all we can to make sure that our residents follow the guidance. To make sure that the electorate can be as informed about the choices in elections, the government is making changes to legislation to enable a substantial range of COVID-secure campaigning by candidates/campaigns and their supporters.

Campaigning up to the 8 March

You can continue to send campaigning information remotely, for example, through online campaign events and materials. Use of online and telephone campaigning remains the safest way to conduct campaigning for the polls on 6 May.

Leaving home to undertake leafleting increases the risk of unnecessary social interactions and viral transmission both during travel and on doorsteps. You should instead ensure leafleting is carried out through existing commercial delivery services.

No doorstep campaigning should take place before 8 March.

Campaigning safely from 8 March

The government will change the lockdown regulations to support door to door campaigning activity. You can only carry out this activity if you’re campaigning for a specific electoral outcome. You still need to adhere to rules regarding social distancing and limits on gatherings.

This can apply to anyone asked by a candidate, party or campaign organiser to participate. If you’re in charge of campaigns, you have to ensure that campaigners understand the guidance and responsibilities to follow the lockdown rules. Before any campaigning, you should undertake a risk assessment. Political parties should provide guidance to party campaigners to support this. This is the advice of Public Health England. You should:

  • ensure that you’re well; if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, you must stay at home
  • make sure that you wash your hands more often and for twenty seconds, or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • wear a face covering when meeting anybody you do not live with, whether electors or other campaigners
  • maintain effective social distancing when talking to people, staying two metres apart at all times.

Organising campaign material and meetings from the 8 March

You shouldn't meet with other campaigners indoors. It’s safer to meet outdoors, where the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 is much lower, but you should still maintain two-metre social distancing.

You should handle operational collection and delivery of campaign literature on a click and drop or doorstep drop procedure, same as other goods deliveries during the pandemic. Only rarely will two people be required indoors at the same location to manage bulk delivery handling. You should keep these interactions to a minimum to reduce contact and follow the guidance at all times.

Meetings to organise and plan campaigns should be held online or over the phone. They should not take place in person. If you must attend in person, for example, to collect printed materials, you should organise this on a one by one basis. You should keep two metres apart and follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times.

Out and about in your community from the 8 March

  • You can deliver leaflets and canvass electors about the elections and local referendums taking place on 6 May and any further by-elections and local referendums being held for as long as COVID-19 related restrictions remain in place.
  • You should keep the number of campaigners operating together to an absolute minimum and ensure you’re always at least two metres apart.
  • You should not enter a private home. You may speak to electors on their doorsteps, ensuring you’re always at least two metres apart.
  • You should only enter premises, such as a shared hallway in a block of flats, where necessary to reach individual homes served by communal areas. Unless it’s unsafe to do so, canvassing from within shared internal areas should be carried out by a single campaigner.
  • Hustings and public meetings must take place remotely.

Campaigning safely from 29 March

From 29 March, the provision for six people or two households to meet outdoors may support organisational work by campaigners and the holding of meetings outdoors. At this stage, there will be no change to the rules on meeting others indoors. This means that the rules on doorstep campaigning will not change from the information above. All campaigning activity will need to follow the relevant rules on gatherings and social distancing. If it is necessary to meet electors, you should continue to do so outdoors, for example, on the doorstep, and should not enter people’s homes.

You may wish to have colleagues nearby as part of your campaigning. You need to conduct individual doorstep campaigning on a one to one basis. You should stay at least two metres apart from each other as well as from the electors you’re canvassing.

Notice of election 

Police and Crime Commissioner election for the South Yorkshire Police Area 

  • An election is to be held for a Police and Crime Commissioner for the South Yorkshire Police Area.

  • Nomination papers can be obtained from the office of the Police Area Returning Officer, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA, during the times stated below.

  • Nomination papers must be delivered to the Police Area Returning Officer at Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley,  S70 2TA, between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of this notice but no later than 4pm on Thursday 08 April 2021.

  • If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 06 May 2021.

  • Applications to register to vote must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday 19 April 2021 Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

  • The £5,000 deposit can be paid by bank transfer, legal tender or by means of a banker’s draft from a drawer which carries on business as a banker in the United Kingdom.

  • Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

  • Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 06 May 2021.

Electoral Register Officer contact details

Voting area Address Contact details
Barnsley

Town Hall

Church Street

Barnsley

S70 2TA

electoralservices@barnsley.gov.uk

01226 773070

Doncaster

Civic Office

Waterdale

Doncaster

DN1 3BU

electoralservices@doncaster.gov.uk

01302 734658/734685

Rotherham 

Riverside House

Main Street

Rotherham

S60 1AE

electoral.services@rotherham.gov.uk

01709 823 268

Sheffield 

Town Hall

Pinstone Street

Sheffield

S1 2HH

0114 273 4093

More information

You can find more information on the government website or contact Peter Clark, the Elections Manager on 01226 772343

We will keep you informed as further guidance is provided.

Eligible electorate figures

Total eligible electorate for Barnsley: 184,558

The current electorate for South Yorkshire is: 1,013,939

How we will keep you safe

We are working hard to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible during the run up to and including election day. At polling stations we are putting the following in place:

  • all staff and voters are to wear face coverings (unless exempt)
  • hand-sanitising stations will be provided at entrances and exits
  • polling booths will be cleaned after each voter
  • all staff and voters should maintain a two metre social distance 
  • you may be asked to queue outside to limit the number of people in the polling station