Publication of Verification Number

Verification Number

The Local Government Act 2000 provides that electors in the Council's area can petition the Council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance. Such a petition must be signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in the District. It is a legal requirement that the Proper Officer for each local authority must annually publish the figure which represents 5% of the number of local government electors in the area of the District. This is referred to as the Verification Number.

The Verification Number is published each year during February and is applicable between 1st April and 31st March following publication.

However, in any given year, there is a short period of time when there is one of two figures that can be used. This is between publication of the number and 31st March that same year. During that time, the alternative number that can be used is the one that was published the previous February. Councils must use the lower of these two numbers as the Verification Number for any petition submitted during that period.

If this information is required please contact Electoral Services at or by calling 01255 686566.


Tendring District Council
The Local Government Act 2000
The Local Authorities (Referendums)
(Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011

Publication of Verification Number February 2020 (pdf)

Notice of Verification Number

In accordance with Section 34 of the Local Government Act 2000 and Regulations 4 and 5 of The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, I, the Proper Officer of Tendring District Council, have published 5815 as the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors for the Tendring District Council area, having effect on the 15 February 2020.

This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented during the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, which seek a referendum on whether there should be a change to a different form of governance.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2021 will be published within 14 days of the 15 February 2021.  If this number is less than 5815, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2021 shall also be that lower number.

Ian Davidson
Electoral Registration Officer
Tendring District Council
Town Hall
Station Road
CO15 1SE

Thursday 27 February 2020

Last updated on: 04/03/2020 - 16:25