Government consults on petitions

The Government is currently consulting on how petitions should work with local government.

As Lib Dems, much of our campaigning revolves around petitioning as a means of finding people with common cause with us.  We’re bound to have views on what should happen as a result of petitions. Should they be binding on councils if you can rabble rouse to a significant degree?  Would they be a tool of tyrants unaware of the bigger picture?

In particular, many of us in local government are waiting with bated breath (well almost) to see how the Government will get themselves out of the mess they have created for themselves by creating a “Community call for action” in a crime and disorder bill whilst simultaneously creating a contradictory framework called “Councillor call for action” in the tortuously named Local Government and Involvement in Public Health bill.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Let the Government know by  emailing [email protected]

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