The Local Government Act 2000 provides that electors in the Council's area can petition the Council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance. Such a petition must be signed by at least 5 per cent of the local government electors in the local authority's area.
It is a legal requirement for the Proper Officer for each local authority area to publish the figure which represents 5 per cent of the number of local government electors in the area. This is referred to as the Verification Number.
The Verification Number is published each year during February and is applicable between 1 April and 31 March following publication.
However, in any given year, there is a short period of time when there is one of two figures that can be used. This is between publication of the number and 31 March that same year. During that time, the alternative number that can be used is the one that was published the previous February. Councils must use the lower of these two numbers as the Verification Number for any petition submitted during that period.
Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council, The Local Authority (Referendums) (Petitions & Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 Publication of Verification Number
In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5 per cent of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2018 is:
This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
The number equal to 5 per cent of the local government electors for 2019 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2019. If this number is fewer than 4,689, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2019 shall also be that lower number.
Electoral Registration Officer
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
last updated 19 February 2018