London Borough of Croydon, Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011 Publication of Verification Number
In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2020 is: 13,788
This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions presented from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2021 will be published within 14 days of the 15 February 2021. If this number is less than 13,788, 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 2021 shall also be that lower number.
Electoral Registration Officer
London Borough of Croydon
Monday 17th February 2020
On 3 September 2020, a petition was submitted to the council, requesting a referendum on changing the council’s governance arrangements to that of a directly elected mayor.
In April 2020 the government advised that it would be passing emergency legislation to support local authorities in the vital work they were doing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This included legislation relating to elections, referendums and petitions. In addition to delaying any scheduled elections until 6 May 2021, it also outlined that a petition requesting a referendum cannot be valid before 6 May 2021. The council has assessed the petition against this legislation and determined it as being invalid at this time.
The petition organiser will have the option to request the council reconsiders the petition on or after 6 May 2021.