UK-Wide, National and Regional referendums
The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 establishes a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland. It also applies to regional referendums within England.
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. A petion must be signed by at least 5% of the local government electors for the Borough.
The statutory notice below states the current number of electors needed for verification purposes in relation to any petition presented to the authority.
In accordance with The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, I am giving notice that the number equal to 5% of the total number of local government electors shown in the electoral register for the Wigan Borough Council's area for the period ending on 30 November 2013 is:-
Dated this 15th day of February 2013
More information on referendums can be found on the Electoral Commission's website (External link)