Referendum

Sheffield to hold referendum on ‘overhauling’ governance

24/09/2019

Sheffield City Council has confirmed that a referendum on its governance arrangements will go ahead after a petition called for a radical overhaul of the way the council does business.

Northamptonshire given permission for extra council tax increase

29/01/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has been given the freedom to increase council tax by 2% more than other local authorities without holding a referendum, it was announced today.

Christchurch to hold referendum on unitary council proposal

09/11/2017

A referendum on joining a new unitary authority will be held by Christchurch Borough Council, after reports the Government in 'minded' to support the proposal.

Porter: Abolish council tax referendums

04/07/2017

Referendums on council tax limits should be abolished in order to secure the financial sustainability of councils, Lord Porter will argue later today.

Lib Dems pledge new referendum on Brexit

17/05/2017

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second referendum on Brexit and invest almost £7bn into education if elected in June.

Council defers referendum in wake of snap General Election

19/04/2017

Plans to hold a referendum on local government reorganisation in Christchurch will be delayed following the announcement of a snap General Election.

Christchurch to hold referendum on Dorset’s local gov ‘overhaul’

23/03/2017

Christchurch councillors have voted in support of a referendum on plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset after receiving ‘mixed results’ from previous consultations.

Leaked tape reveals Surrey's 'gentleman's agreement' with ministers

08/03/2017

A leaked recording has allegedly caught the leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum.

Finding the money for social care

21/02/2017

While the government's answer to solving the social care crisis appears to be increasing council tax bills, will this money even make a dent in the expected overspend this year? William Eichler and Laura Sharman investigate.

Lincolnshire ‘mega-council’ poll cancelled due to ‘ludicrous’ cost

17/02/2017

A referendum on the creation of one ‘mega-council’ in Lincolnshire would cost in excess of £1m despite previous county council assurances costs would be ‘kept to a minimum’.

Surrey scraps plan for 15% council tax increase

07/02/2017

Surrey Council County has announced it is abandoning proposals to increase council tax by 15% and has instead budgeted for a 4.99% rise.

Public to be polled about new unitary council in Lincolnshire

24/01/2017

A referendum is to be held on abolishing all eight councils in Lincolnshire and replacing them one unitary council.

Council to hold referendum over 15% council tax increase

19/01/2017

Surrey County Council is to hold a referendum on increasing council tax by 15% in order to ‘protect vital services’.

Mayor of Liverpool rules out council tax referendum

03/01/2017

Liverpool City Council has ruled out holding a referendum on increasing council tax by up to 10%.

County leader hits out at precept capping for town and parish councils

02/11/2016

Proposals forcing town and parish councils to hold costly referendums if they wish to increase tax by more than 2% have been labelled damaging by county leader.

Borough council in talks with actress Lindsay Lohan

01/11/2016

Kettering Borough Council is in talks with Lindsay Lohan after the Hollywood star said she would be interested in switching on the city’s Christmas lights.

People reject elected mayor for Guildford in referendum

17/10/2016

Residents have rejected the idea of having a directly elected mayor in Guildford.

EU referendum suffered ‘glaring democratic deficiencies’

01/09/2016

A ‘root and branch review’ of the role and conduct of referendums is needed to ensure errors made during the EU vote are not repeated, say campaign group.

Ex-pats complain about missing postal votes

24/06/2016

Confusion over postal voting emerged after complaints from expats that they had not received their ballot papers in time.

Flash flooding disrupts final hours of EU referendum

24/06/2016

Poor weather caused disruption in parts of the country as voters made their way to polling booths.

Conspiracy theorists criticise use of pencils at polling stations

24/06/2016

Voters in in an East Midlands borough were told they could not use their own pen to put a cross on their ballot papers - even though official guidelines say they can.

Brexit: Corbyn calls for ‘proper’ council funding after EU vote

24/06/2016

Jeremy Corbyn has called for ‘proper funding of local authorities’ in the wake of the EU referendum results.

Council advised to remove 'biased' England flags from polling station

24/06/2016

Council staff in Enfield were sent in to take down St George's flags and bunting at a polling station after fears that it could act as 'a dog whistle for the Leave campaign'.

Brexit: Local government facing ‘policy vacuum’

24/06/2016

Local government has been warned to brace itself for further austerity measures and a possible shake-up of the devolution agenda, following the results of the EU referendum.

EU referendum could be perceived as ‘inconclusive’, campaigners warn

17/06/2016

Referendum could see low turnout and a ‘worrying demographic divide’—factors that may lead to it being perceived as ‘inconclusive’, say campaigners.

What does Brexit mean for local government?

17/06/2016

From public spending to immigration, William Eichler outlines what impact a Brexit could have on local government.

I hope sanity will prevail on 23 June

17/06/2016

After the latest polls, Michael Burton hears local government alarm bells are ringing over the result of the EU referendum.

Why local government should vote remain

16/06/2016

William Eichler talks to Martin Whybrow, Green Party councillor at Kent County Councillor for Hythe, about why local government should vote to remain in the European Union.

Why local government should back Brexit

16/06/2016

William Eichler talks to cllr Lawrence J Webb, UKIP group leader on Havering Council, about why local government would be better off leaving the European Union.

Voters 'left in the dark' over EU referendum

07/06/2016

Only a quarter of voters (24%) feel ‘well’ or ‘very well’ informed about the upcoming EU referendum, a figure that has slightly increased from 16% since February, according to new research.

EU citizens wrongly sent referendum polling cards

03/06/2016

Some local authorities have sent polling cards and postal votes to a ‘small number’ of non-eligible EU citizens following a glitch with elections software.

Council accused of 'bias' over EU voting guide

31/05/2016

Bristol City Council has been forced to amend an EU referendum voting guide, after claims it was biased towards the Remain campaign.

Surrey council to vote on elected mayor

24/05/2016

Voters in Guildford are to be polled on whether or not they want to have a directly-elected mayor.

Barnet couldn’t ‘run a whelk stall’ let alone EU vote, Assembly says

13/05/2016

Barnet should not be allowed to oversee the EU referendum after the ‘chaos’ of their local elections, the London Assembly says.

District to change structure following referendum

11/05/2016

A district council in Dorset will change its committee structures following a referendum last week into its governance arrangements.

Voters stay home during poll on district council’s future

15/04/2016

There has been a record-low turnout in a poll on the future of a West Sussex district council, despite the vote costing the taxpayer £20,000.

Beware the Eurocrats’ agenda

07/04/2016

Claire Fox asks why is there not greater local government support for Brexit when serious questions over EU sovereignty remain unanswered

Havering is the most eurosceptic place in Britain, new poll reveals.

01/03/2016

New YouGov research has found the east London borough of Havering is the most eurosceptic area in Britain—with Peterborough not far behind.

Council receives petition calling for elected mayor referendum

18/02/2016

Guildford Council has received a petition calling for a referendum to be held on having a directed elected mayor.

North Tyneside Council to hold referendum on elected mayor

25/01/2016

Voters in North Tyneside will be given the power to choose how the local council is run: either retaining the current elected mayor or opting for a new committee system.

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