- Category: Consultation and feedback
- Last Updated: 27 March 2015
A Referendum is a vote of an entire electorate on a law or proposal and there are different types of Referenda that can take place.
The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA)
This established a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland, and regional referendums within England.
The Local Government Act 2000 changed the way Local Authorities in England and Wales operated. Most Local Authorities, except some of the smaller District Councils in the area of a County Council, operate one of three types of executive arrangement set out in the Act, two of which involve a directly elected Mayor: Mayor and Cabinet, and Mayor and Council Manager. The other involves a Leader (who is elected by Councillors) and Cabinet.
Referenda or 'consultations' are regularly used by Councils to obtain public opinion on local issues. These are not regulated by law.