Local elections 2021: What you are voting for, who your candidates are and how it works

These include providing care for the elderly and disabled, maintaining and fixing roads, collecting rubbish, providing libraries and other local service, planning applications, and more.

While coronavirus is widely understood to be the main concern for voters at this stage, issues such as council tax hikes, housing developments and bus routes will all play a part in campaigning.

The results will also give an indication of how popular the parties are performing nationally.

This will be the first real political test for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the new Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, as well as a test for Boris Johnson to see how well he’s performed since his landslide victory in 2019.

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