∙ Sheffield People's Petition

It's Our City
It's Our City
2,740 SignaturesGoal: 20,956

“We, the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Sheffield City Council, to whom this petition is addressed, seek a referendum on whether the council should be run in a different way by one or more committees made up of elected councillors.”

Are you a registered voter in Sheffield? Do you expect your elected representatives to have a voice within the Council Chamber? Well, you would be wrong!

Sheffield City Council operates under the so-called “Strong Leader Model“, which means that many important decisions are taken by just 10 councillors (the council leader and cabinet).

The remaining 74 elected councillors, of whatever political party, and representing a huge percentage of the electorate, have little input into making decisions. They may not be able to even have a say or a vote on issues affecting us.

Are you surprised by this? Is this democratic?! This petition aims to change the situation and help fix local democracy in our city.

Many voters are shocked to learn about how decisions are taken within the Council. Many of our elected councillors are unhappy at being unable to put forward their constituents’ views, and many of us are aware of problems in our local areas which the Council has failed to deal with properly.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

Before 2005, this was not how the Council operated. The Strong Leader Model was forced upon Sheffield City Council by the government at the time. We, the people, can change this - the Localism Act 2011 gives local communities the right to change the way the Council works.

It‘s Our City! is a grassroots community group working to improve local democracy in Sheffield, outside party politics.

We aim to use the provisions in the Localism Act 2011 to force the Council to hold a city-wide referendum to bring about changes to the way the Council is run. So far, they have decided not to make these changes voluntarily, so it is time for local communities to step in. If we present a petition to the Council signed by at least 5% of the local electorate (20,956 names), the Council must hold a referendum on changing the model of governance.

This path has been taken in a number of other places around the UK - in some cases, the petition led to a referendum where the public voted to set up a committee system; in other cases, community groups starting the petition was enough for the Council to move to a committee system voluntarily, without the need for a referendum.

By signing this petition, you are giving your support to a community-led campaign to return Sheffield to a committee system of decision-making. A system which will ensure:

  • ALL our elected representatives can play a meaningful role in making decisions in our city.
  • Decision-making is more open and transparent so we can see more of what is going on in our name.
  • Improved partnership and collaborative working - not only within the Council, but with community groups and specialist organisations, so we can be sure that the best is being done for our city at all times.

Are you happy with the way Sheffield City Council is being run - or would you prefer it to be run differently? If you think that a change to a Committee System would benefit our city, then please sign this petition and allow Sheffield voters to have their say.

People and communities can work together and do have the power to make a real difference. After all, democracy is about all of us - not about 10 people in the Town Hall!



MORE INFO ABOUT It's Our City!: See our Website and Facebook Group.

VALID SIGNATURES: Signatures on this petition will only be valid if they are from registered voters for the Sheffield City Council authority area.

The name and address used when signing must match those recorded in the electoral register.

If you are not registered to vote you can register here, and then you can sign the petition!

SIGNING USING FACEBOOK OR TWITTER: If your Facebook or Twitter name is not the name on the electoral register, please sign the petition using your name and email address instead.

ADDRESSEE: This petition is addressed to Sheffield City Council.

PETITION ORGANISER: Anne Barr, It's Our City, 42 Fountside, Sheffield, S7 1SN

DATA PROTECTION: Your data will be processed under the GDPR. The primary data controller is It's Our City, and your details will only be used for the purpose of this petition. After signing, you will be contacted by the iPetitions site and It's Our City. In accordance with the petition legislation, Sheffield City Council will become the data controller when the petition is submitted to them, and your name and address may be published.

IPETITIONS DONATION: Sometimes the iPetitions website asks for a donation after you sign our petition. This is nothing to do with It's Our City. It is asking for a donation to support the running of the iPetitions website and service. You do not need to donate.

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