Petitioning for an elected mayor
Under the Local Government Act 2000, Hull City Council, following consultation with local residents, established its constitution based on the leader and Cabinet option. This was one of three options which the Government decided that local authorities should adopt.
Two of the options for new constitutions available to councils involve a mayor elected by local people. However, before adopting a constitution which involves a directly elected mayor, councils must hold a local referendum. This is to allow all voters in a council's area to vote on whether they want a directly elected mayor.
One of the ways in which a referendum can be triggered is if the council receives a valid petition signed by at least five per cent of the local electorate asking for a directly elected mayor.
Each year in the second half of February, the council has to publish a figure which is equal to five per cent of the number of local electors in its area. This is known as the verification number. This number is used to determine the validity of any petitions presented to the council requiring the holding of a referendum.
Further detailed information is available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (link opens in a new window) including an information pack on petitioning for an elected Mayor.
For further information please contact the Department of Communities and local Government by calling 02079 444 400.
If you have any questions or comments on this matter, please contact us.
Committee services manager
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street
Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 613 110