Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

  1. What has happened overnight?

    Good morning, welcome to this BBC live page looking at the local elections for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

    The first results are in, including a change of control in Hull.

    The Lib Dems in Hull

    The Liberal Democrats have taken back control of Hull City Council, ending a decade of rule by the Labour Party.

    The Lib Dems now control 29 of the council's 57 seats with Labour, previously the biggest party, on 27, with one independent.

    Elsewhere, Sheffield City Council remains under no overall control after Labour continued to lose seats to the opposition parties.

    Counting was delayed there because of a police incident at a polling station.

    In Barnsley, it remained Labour but the ruling party lost three seats.

    The Labour Party retained control of City of Lincoln Council despite polls seeing the lowest turnout in seven years.

    Finally, the Conservatives retained their grip on North East Lincolnshire Council despite losing two seats - one to an independent candidate.

    We'll bring you more reaction on the feed throughout today.

  2. Barnsley council tax to rise by 3.5%

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People living in Barnsley are facing a council tax rise of 3.5%, as the council looks to save £6.5m.

    Barnsley sign

    The rise is made up of 2% to pay for adult social care and 1.5% for council services such as road maintenance, bin collections, recycling, and library services.

    It will mean an extra £55.51 per year for those living in Band D properties taking the annual payment from £1,586.04, to £1,641.55.

    About 15,000 households on the lowest incomes will continue to receive additional council tax support of £125 and will see no increase to their council tax bill.

    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council's budget will be discussed at Cabinet on 9 February before being considered, and formally approved, at a full council meeting on 24 February.

  3. Council changes coat of arms ahead of Euro 2020 final

    Barnsley Council's coat of arms has been given a patriotic re-brand ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

    Barnsley council coat of arms

    Barnsley-born defender John Stones and England manager Gareth Southgate feature on the new logo, together with the three lions badge and the motto "It Cometh Home".

    England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

    A Barnsley Council spokesperson said: “We’ve temporarily updated our coat of arms on social media to show our support ahead of the Euro 2020 final this Sunday – and particularly for John Stones who was born and raised in the borough and began his career at Barnsley Football Club.

    "We’ll also be raising the St. George’s flag and lighting the town hall up red and white this weekend.”

  4. Barnsley local election counts well under way

    In Barnsley, a third of the council seats are up for grabs following Thursday's election.

    Barnsley town hall

    The borough's divided into 21 wards, each with three councillors, so it's one of those seats in each ward that's up for grabs.

    Overall, 32 seats are needed for a majority, with Labour currently holding 48.

    This year, they're defending 18 seats, which means they'd have to lose 17 of those to lose overall control of the council.

    Counting is under at the town's Metrodome lesiure centre with a final result expected later this afternoon.

    We're about halfway through counting with these being the latest results:

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  5. Coin toss decides Barnsley seat

    This doesn't happen very often...

    Despite 2,781 votes being cast in the Rockingham ward in Barnsley, it all came down to a coin toss.

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    Labour Party candidate Nicola Sumner retains her seat after picking up 1,084 votes - the same as Conservative candidate Roy Garratt.

    The council said: "Ballot papers were re-counted numerous times, but a deadlock was still not broken, so the result was decided by chance.

    "This is standard practice when this happens. A coin was tossed – heads for Conservative and tails for Labour. The coin landed on tails."

  6. Barnsley Council leader retains seat

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The leader of Barnsley Council has retained his seat at the local elections.

    Sir Steve Houghton

    Labour's Sir Steve Houghton has been re-elected as councillor for Cudworth.

    Sir Steve Houghton has served on the council since 1988.

    So far in Barnsley, five Labour councillors and one Lib Dem councillor have been voted in.

  7. Results beginning to come in...

    Although counting only started this morning in many places, we are seeing results beginning to come back.

    Lincolnshire County Council has already a number of councillors - they are making rapid progress on their count

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    In Hull, four councillors have already been elected - a third of seats across the council are up for re-election.

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    And in South Yorkshire, the counters at the Barnsley vote at the town's Metrodome are motoring through the ballot papers.

    A third of the council seats are up for election. The borough's divided into 21 wards, each with 3 councillors, so it's one of those seats in each ward that's up for grabs.

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  8. Local elections: Results due back today

    The results for a number of local elections that took place yesterday are due back later.

    A ballot box

    Counting is under way across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for the local elections, the mayoral elections and the police and crime commissioner elections, with BBC reporters at many counts.

    We're expecting declarations at the following council counts today:

    The North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner result is also expected back this afternoon.