Referenda - General Information

There are a number of different Referendums that can take place, UK-wide, national and regional referendums.

The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000

The Local Government Act 2000 includes a provision where at least 5% of the local government electors can petition the Council to hold a referendum on the question whether the Council should have an elected Mayor.

For the year 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 the number of electors that is equal to 5% is 1,408.

This is the number that will be used to determine the validity of any petitions presented to the Council after the 31st March 2013 and before 1st April 2014.

Other referendums
Referendums are now regularly used by local councils to test public opinion on local issues. These referendums are not regulated by law and we have no responsibility for the conduct or other aspects of such referendums. 

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Contact the Taunton Deane and West Somerset Shared Electoral Services Office

West Somerset House
Killick Way

Telephone: 01643 703704