UPDATE: Restrictions on emails have been lifted

We now have sufficient confidence our systems and servers have not been affected by the recent cyber attack on our ICT provider, Sopra Steria, that we have lifted the block on external emails.

As you would expect, there are a large number of emails that have been quarantine but work is well under way to release them and should be completed by the end of tomorrow (Friday).

Thank you for your patience and support whilst we have worked to safely resolve the situation.    


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Verification number for a constitutional change

This is 5% of the number of people on the electoral register for the authority's area on 15th February each year

Notice concerning local authority petition and referendums

  1. Regulations made under the Local Government Act 2000 require a local authority which has received a petition signed by at least 5 per cent of the local electorate, to hold a referendum to decide whether the authority's political structure should be subject to a constitutional change to operate a mayor and cabinet executive or the committee system.

  2. This notice is to inform you that the County Council's Proper Officer has published the number which is equal to 5 per cent of the local electorate in Gloucestershire as shown in the electoral registers having effect on the 15 February 2020.

  3. That number is 24,776 and will, (subject to paragraph 5 below), have effect for the purpose of determining the validity of petitions presented before 1 April 2021.

  4. Before 1 March in each subsequent year, the Council must publish the 5 per cent figure for the County, as shown in the electoral registers and having had effect on 15 February in that year.

  5. The 5% figure published on 28 February 2019 was 23,818.

  6. In the case of petitions presented before 1 April 2020 but after the date on which the number for the year beginning the 1 April 2020 is published, (which will be 1 March 2020), the relevant number will be the lower of the two numbers.

  7. The address of the Council's principal office is
    Gloucestershire County Council,
    Shire Hall,
    Gloucester GL1 2TG

This Notice is given under Regulation 4 of The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011.


Peter Bungard
Chief Executive
Gloucestershire County Council

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