MAY’S local elections are still set to go ahead, according to Barnsley Council.

A governance meeting’s members were told the polling day - due to take place on May 6 - would be ‘difficult’ due to current lockdown restrictions but there has been ‘no suggestion’ it will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country - now well into its third national lockdown - is due to have its status reviewed on February 15, but leaders hope they could be eased by the elections.

Sarah Norman, Barnsley Council’s chief executive and chief returning officer, added: “We continue to work and plan on the assumption that the elections will go ahead on Thursday May 6, which includes recruiting staff and booking polling stations.
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“We are asking the government to make any decision about delaying the elections as soon as possible so we do not incur any wasted expenditure if a delay is then announced.

“We are paying close attention to comments made by the government about the elections and will respond accordingly if their position changes.”