The role of councillors, employees, and how decisions are made

Changes to Council structure

The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011

Publication of Verification Number

In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations, the Proper Officer must publish the number of signatures needed on a petition for a referendum on whether the Borough should change to a different form of governance.

The number is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15th February each year.  The number for 2023 is:


A new number will be published in February 2024.  If this new number is less than 5657, then that lower number will be used between 15 February 2024 and 31 March 2024.

Background Information

The Local Government Act 2000 requires authorities to adopt one of four models of decision-making as follows:

  • Leader with cabinet;
  • Elected mayor with cabinet;
  • A Committee system; or
  • Arrangements prescribed by the Secretary of State

South Tyneside Council has adopted the Leader with cabinet system.

There are statutory requirements for a local authority to hold a referendum on the form of arrangements to be adopted, where it has received a valid petition to do so.

John Rumney
Corporate Lead, Legal and Governance and Proper Officer
Town Hall and Civic Offices,
Westoe Road,
South Shields,
NE33 2RL