Publication of Verification number

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 petition must be signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in the local authority's area.

Verification Number

It is a legal requirement for the Proper Officer for each local authority area to publish the figure which represents 5% 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 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.

You can find the current Publication of Verification notice below.