Sunday, 22 November 2009

e-petitioning

I have been trying to update myself on legislation that requires local governemt to provide e-petitioning facilities.

I have so far found the following useful and would be grateful for help and clarification on the law regarding Redbridge's oblilgation to provide e-petitioning:

1. Communities in control: real people, real power - White paper
2. New Local Government Network - e-petitioning and local government

As far as I can see Redbridge should be providing the facility to creat e-petitions; or are they under no such legal requirement to do so?

6 comments:

  1. Mark,
    Dopeyf asked this question on the red-i forum, see here:

    this was the reply

    Thank you for your question dopeyf; we asked our legal team and below is the response they have given us.

    The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill obtained Royal Assent yesterday and so now is law, though the Act has not yet been published as such.

    Clause 10 of the Bill requires Councils to provide a facility for making petitions in an electronic form and must give reasons for not granting a request to use that facility.

    However, clause 144 provides that Chapters 1 and 2 - which include clause 10 - do not come into force until a day appointed by the Secretary of State. No such day has yet been appointed.

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  2. "However, clause 144 provides that Chapters 1 and 2 - which include clause 10 - do not come into force until a day appointed by the Secretary of State. No such day has yet been appointed."

    Does anyone know how to work out when the date is likely to be? How do we find out?

    cheers

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  3. What are people's views about starting an e-petition using http://www.gopetition.co.uk/ with the aim of something like:

    "We the undersigned request that Redbridge Borough Council offer its residents the means to create, sign and submit e-petitions via its Redbridge i web site facility, and make an undertaking to do so within 3 months of this petition being submitted"

    Any views welcome please?

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  4. I just created an "Ask a question" on Redi on the same theme:

    http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/AskMyNeighbours/ViewQuestion.aspx?cid=74c0d8d5-783c-4d5d-ae4b-1604a0e197e5

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  5. The following boroughs have an e-petitioning service:

    • The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
    http://www.kingston.gov.uk/epetitions

    • Bristol city Council
    http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/

    • Hertsmere Borough Council
    http://epetition.hertsmere.public-i.tv

    • North Lincolnshire Council
    http://epetition.northlincs.public-i.tv/

    • Birmingham City Council
    http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/

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