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The Election use of schools

Discussion in 'Governors' started by keepthespirit, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. keepthespirit

    keepthespirit New commenter

    Is a Local Authority able to insist that a school is used as a polling station ? Or does the decision rest with head and governors ?
  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    This report www.theguardian.com/.../parents-teachers-close-schools-election-polling links to the Electoral Commission document which says [my emphasis]:

    Schools that are publicly-funded, including academies and free schools, may be used as polling stations free of charge, and the legislation allows you to require a room in such schools for use as a polling station. You are also entitled to use, free of charge, any publicly-funded room as a polling station. You will, however, need to pay for any lighting, heating, etc., costs incurred when using such rooms as polling stations. You should liaise with the relevant schools and managers of publicly-funded rooms at the earliest opportunity to confirm that you want to use certain rooms within their premises as polling stations.
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Schools have no say in it. Election law, in the interests of democracy I guess, trumps education law.
  4. keepthespirit

    keepthespirit New commenter

    Thank you both, appreciated

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