"We, the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Derby City Council, seek a referendum on Council's governance arrangements, to consider whether the Council should be run on the following basis:
a) by a Leader (who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of other elected councillors) and Cabinet (elected councillors appointed by the Leader), as it is currently;
b) by one or more Committees comprising of elected Councillors, constituted in proportion to the political balance of the full Council"
This petition is an opportunity for voters in Derby to start the legal process of changing how our Council works.
8 out of the 51 councillors in Derby have been given the power to make nearly all Council decisions. The Cabinet System is a dictatorial decision-making system, where the other 43 councillors (from all parties) are unable to vote on most decisions the council makes. This petition is about making the Council change to use a more democratic decision-making system, where all councillors have the authority to represent the people that elected them in every area of decision making. If you are registered to vote in Derby, please sign now.
The two largest parties on the council have refused to support this democratic change. We need your help to get signatures of at least 5% of the electorate in Derby (that's 8999 names in total) whereby the Council, by law, must hold a city-wide referendum giving all voters the option of changing to a modern and democratic committee system.
By signing this petition, you are giving your support to this campaign for a committee system of decision-making in Derby City Council. A system which will ensure:
• Your elected representatives can play a proper and meaningful role in decision making in our city.
• Decision-making is more open and transparent
• Improved community partnership and collaborative working ensure that the best is being done for our city at all times.
Please Note: Signatories must be a registered electors with Derby City Council. You must give your first name and surname as it appears on the electoral register. Initials and/or nicknames will be invalid. If you are not registered to vote you can register here, and then you can sign the petition!
125 people have already supported this campaign online
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