The Local Government Act 2000 introduced the possibility of
referendums on whether councils should in principle have elected
A referendum is a necessary step before a council can adopt the
elected mayor option for its executive arrangements. A referendum
must be held if an authority receives a valid petition from the
required number of electors. The number required is published each
February, in the form of an advertisement in the local newspaper.
The number represents 5% of the electorate of the area.
Once it has been determined, following a successful referendum,
that an elected mayor is to be elected, the term of office is 4
There are about a dozen elected mayors throughout the
For further information and advice on (a) the procedure for
organising a petition and (b) elected mayors generally, visit http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/