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On 5 May 2016 the people of Newport will be asked once again to visit their local polling station to cast their vote to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent.

Newport City Council is responsible locally for raising awareness of the election with its residents, and for holding the election, ensuring it is carried out in a fair, legal and transparent way.

The first PCC election was in 2012, with this role replacing the local police authority. Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) elected in November 2012 were elected to serve for three-and-a-half years, taking their term of office up to May.

PCC elections take place in 41 police force areas covering England and Wales (excluding London). Each area has one PCC.

The PCC is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public’s behalf. They oversee

how crime is tackled in their area and aim to make sure the police are providing a good service.

PCCs ensure the policing needs of the community are met as effectively as possible and are elected to hold your police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective.

They bring a public voice to policing and do this by:

• engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;

• ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and

• appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.

PCCs also work with local councils and other organisations to promote and enable joined-up working on community safety and criminal justice. The PCC does not ‘run’ the police force.


A Welsh Government initiative is letting parents know that helping your child at home makes a difference to their performance in school.

The home environment is the single biggest factor in educational attainment. By creating an environment that values education and supports a child’s learning, parents are giving their child a significant head start in life.

The campaign, called ‘Education begins at home’, will encourage parents to get involved in their child’s education

Chief Constables continue to be responsible for the day to day operations of the police, but they are accountable to the public via the Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCCs are required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The oath is designed so that PCCs can set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially and makes clear that they are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.

When you vote in the PCC elections you will use the Supplementary Vote System. This means a voter marks a cross in one column for their first preference candidate and another cross in a second column for their second preference (but only if they wish to do so). If only two candidates stand then the first-past-the-post system is used.

by showing them how little things can make a big difference.

Things like waking them up early for school; making sure they get a good night’s sleep; making time to read with them; helping with number work; going to parents’ evenings and asking them about school will all help them do so much better at school.

More information can be found at and Twitter @edubeginsathome

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To vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner election a person must be registered to vote and also be:

• 18 years of age or over on the day of polling

• A British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the European Union

• Resident in the UK

• Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

Additionally, the following cannot vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner election:

• Anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens

• Convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)

• Anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

More information will be provided on the Gwent PCC election in the coming months, including the names of prospective candidates which will be made public on 9 April 2016.

The PCC poll will be held together with elections to the National Assembly for Wales on Thursday 5 May 2016. In this election, voters in Newport will have the chance to elect one of two constituency Assembly Members along with four regional Members, as part of the South East Wales National Assembly Region. Candidates for the National Assembly will be announced at the same time as the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates are announced in April.

For more information on the voting process visit how-do-i-vote/ what-are-the- different-voting-systems

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