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Governance Arrangements

Changing the Council's Governance Arrangements - Referendum Figure.

Notice of minimum number of electors required to petition for a referendum on changing the Council's governance arrangements.

Under the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, one of the things the Council has to do each February is let people know about their right to ask for a referendum on changing the Council's governance arrangements to a different form. We also have to tell you the numbers needed for a valid petition to trigger such a referendum.

Regulations under the Act provide for a referendum to be held where at least 5% of local government electors petition the Council for a referendum on whether the Council should change to a different form of governance.

The Council's Proper Officer has published the number of electors that is equal to 5% of the number registered to vote at a local government election in Basildon as shown on the Electoral Register on 15 February 2017.

The 5% figure for Basildon this year is 6797. This number will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.

The address of the Council's principal office to which any petitions should be sent is:

Basildon Borough Council
The Basildon Centre
St Martin's Square
Basildon
Essex
SS14 1DL

For further information, contact Paul Burkinshaw, Group Manager (Corporate Governance and Support), on 01268 207972, email paul.burkinshaw@basildon.gov.uk

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