The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) 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.
Visit the Legislation GOV.UK website (external link) to read the act in full.
The Local Government Act 2000 set out a major change in the way local authorities in England and Wales are run. Most local authorities, except some of the smaller district councils in the area of a county council, operate 'executive arrangements'. There are three types of executive arrangement set out in the Act, two of which involve a directly elected mayor: mayor and cabinet, and mayor and council manager. The other involves a leader (who is elected by councillors) and cabinet.
Following a consultation in the summer of 2009, Haringey Council has adopted the Leader and Cabinet model, which was agreed in principle by full Council on 14 December 2009. A copy of the report is available in the attached files section below. The detailed amendments to the Council's Constitution were adopted by full Council on 22 February 2010.
Local residents can still require a mayoral referendum by organising a petition signed by 5 percent of local electors or more (10 percent or more in Wales).
Referendums are now regularly used by local councils to test public opinion on local issues. These referendums are not regulated by law and we have no responsibility for the conduct or other aspects of such referendums.
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