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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 2021.

  3. That number is 24,327 and will, (subject to paragraph 5 below), have effect for the purpose of determining the validity of petitions presented before 1 April 2023.

  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 2021 was 24,290.

  6. In the case of petitions presented before 1 April 2022 but after the date on which the number for the year beginning the 1 April 2022 is published, (which will be 1 March 2022), the relevant number will be the lower of the two numbers.

The address of the Council's principal office is

Gloucestershire County Council,
Shire Hall,
Gloucester GL1 2TG


Peter Bungard
Chief Executive
Gloucestershire County Council

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