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The Right To Call For A Local Referendum

Registered electors have the right to raise a petition calling for a referendum on changing the Council's governance arrangements.

Referendum to change 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 2018.

The 5% figure for Basildon this year is 6878. This number will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Submitting a call for a referendum

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
SS14 1DL

Further information and enquiries

  • Contact Paul Burkinshaw, Group Manager (Corporate Governance and Support), on 01268 207972, email
  • Contact the Electoral Services Team, see contact details below...
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