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The number of signatures a petition needs to trigger a local referendum

To trigger a local referendum, 5% of the electorate need to sign a petition. Find out what that figure is for the Lewisham borough.

Local government petitions need the signatures of 5% of the electorate. On this page you can find out what that figure is for Lewisham.

Local Government Act 2000 Petitions and Referendums

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions & Directions) Regulations 2000 and the Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011, I am giving notice that the number equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the electoral register for the authority's area, as of 15 February 2022, is 9,976 electors.

The number published above shall be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition presented to us in the period of 12 months beginning with 1 April 2022. [*]

Kim Wright
Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer
London Borough of Lewisham
Laurence House

[*] Where the number published in any year is less than the number published in the preceding year, the number to be used for verification purposes, in relation to any petition presented to the authority in the period beginning on the date of publication of the lesser number and ending immediately before 1 April in that year, shall be that lesser number.