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Changes to Council structure

The Proper Officer must publish the number of signatures needed on a petition for a referendum on whether the Borough should change from a Leader and Cabinet system to a Mayor and Cabinet or a Committee system.

This number equals 5% of the local government electors registered in the Borough on 15 February each year.

The number, to be used for verification of any petitions presented to South Tyneside Council, between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 is:


A new number will be published in February 2020. If this new number is less than 5697, then that number will be used between 15 February 2020 and 31 March 2020.

Mike Harding
Head of Legal Services
Town Hall & Civic Offices
Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 2RL

(Regulation 4 of the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011)

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