Petitions for a referendum on a different form of governance

Under the Local Government Act 2000, a local council must hold a referendum on whether the council should change to a different form of governance if at least five per cent of the local government electors in that area petition the local council to do so.

The statutory notice below states the current number of electors needed for verification purposes in relation to any petition presented to the authority.

The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011

In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors for Salford City Council, having effect on 15 February 2023 is:

  • 9,318

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2024 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2024. If this number is less than 9,318, the number to be used for verification purposes, in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2024, shall also be that lower number.

Anyone contemplating organising a petition will need to have regard to the requirements for petitions set out in The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011; otherwise, the petition may be invalid.

This page was last updated on 15 February 2023

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