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Local Government: Public Participation

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to the Community Empowerment White Paper, what the minimum percentage of local residents required to sign a petition will be to require (a) a referendum on an elected mayor and (b) a full council debate to take place. (230722)

The White Paper “Communities in Control: Real People, Real Power”, stated that the Department for Communities and Local Government will consult on reducing the threshold for a petition to trigger a referendum on an elected mayor from the current 5 per cent. of voters to perhaps 2, 3 or 4 per cent. of local electors.

The Local Petitions and Calls for Action Consultation: Government Response stated that local authorities should set their own thresholds for triggering debates about petitions on local issues, but these thresholds should at most be 5 per cent. of the local population.