Referendum on an elected mayor

The Local Government Act 2000, as amended by the Localism Act 2011, gives power to the Secretary of State to make regulations that require a local authority, which has received a petition, to hold a referendum on the question whether it should have a relevant type of governance arrangement. The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011 outline this requirement.

Local authorities are now able to make arrangements for the discharge of their functions, which as far as this Council is concerned, must consist of one of the following:

(a) an elected mayor of the authority and two or more councillors of the authority appointed to the executive by the mayor, an "executive arrangement" in which most powers are exercised by the elected mayor and his/her "cabinet"; or

(b) a councillor of the authority elected as leader of the executive (the executive leader) by the authority, and two or more councillors of the authority appointed to the executive by the executive leader, an executive arrangement in which most powers are exercised by the leader and his/her "cabinet"; or

(c) a "committee system" in which the Council may delegate powers to committees and officers (this is the system which existed before the introduction of "executive arrangements"). 

Verification number

Each local authority is required to publish the number that was equal to 5% of the local government electors in the authority's area as shown in the register of electors having effect on 15 February each year.

The number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors in the updated 1 February 2017 version of the electoral registers for the London Borough of Wandsworth having effect on 15 February 2017 was 11,220 (the 'verification number').

This verification number will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of any petitions which are presented after 31 March 2017 and before 1 April 2018 asking the Council to hold a referendum on change on its governance arrangements.

If, when the number for 2018 to be used for verification purposes is published (in February 2018), that number is less than 11,220, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted to the Council in the period beginning on the date of publication of the lesser number and ending immediately before 1 April 2018 shall be that lesser number.

Please also see the public notice.