Document (02) How we respond to Petitions

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How we respond to Petitions

The Petitions Scheme

Ipswich Borough Council adopted a new Petitions scheme on 30th June 2010 which set out how we will respond to any petitions recieved, whether paper or electronic.

Our response to a petition will depend on what it asks for and the number of signatures received.

The Council's signature thresholds for petitions are listed below:

1) If there are more than 10 signatures the petition will be considered by the relevant Executive Portfolio Holder, who may decide a response or who may decide to refer the petition to an Executive meeting;
2) 500 petition signatures are required to call a Senior Officer to account to the Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee;
3) 2,000 petition signatures are required to refer the petition to a meeting of Full Council for debate.

Further information can be found in Part 4 Section 11 of the Council's Constitution.