Petition scheme

Petitions holding a cabinet portfolio holder to account

Your petition may ask for a cabinet portfolio holder  to give evidence at a public meeting about something which he/she is responsible as part of his/her cabinet role. If your petition contains at least 500 signatures, the relevant cabinet portfolio holder will give evidence at a public meeting of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The committee may consider that it would be more appropriate for another cabinet portfolio holder to give evidence. The committee members will ask questions at this meeting but you will be able to suggest questions to the chair of the committee by contacting the head of democratic services up to two working days before the meeting. You will also have three minutes to present your petition to the committee.