Notice of valid petition
A valid petition of the form specified in section 9MC of the Local Government Act 2000 was received by Sheffield City Council on 24 August 2019 (‘the petition date’).
The petition seeks a referendum on whether the Council should be run in a different way. This would be a committee system, with one or more committees made up of elected councillors, instead of the current executive arrangements, with a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by the other elected councillors.
As the petition is valid, a referendum on this issue will be held no later than the end of the next ordinary day of election after the petition date (i.e. not later than 7 May 2020).
A copy of the petition is available for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times and free of charge at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH.
Our Constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
Code of Corporate Governance
The Code of Corporate Governance sets out why good governance is important, explains how we define this and tells you how we will make sure it takes place. Good governance is about making sure that the Council carries out its role wisely, openly, and in a way that is accountable to local people.
Request a referendum on changing governance arrangements
We are required, by the Local Government Act 2000, to publish the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the Council to hold a referendum on whether or not the City should start to operate the mayor and cabinet executive or committee system.
The minimum number of signatures is 21,026. This is equivalent to 5% of the City's local government electorate. This number will apply to any petition submitted to the City Council before 1 April 2021.
However, a referendum on changing the council's governance system is due to be held on 7 May 2020.
Following this referendum, the Council will enter a moratorium period during which no further changes to the council's governance may be made for nine years from the date of the referendum. As a consequence, the next verification number will not be published until February 2029.