The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 aims to reinvigorate local democracy putting local authorities at the forefront of the drive to reconnect people with public and political decision-making. This democratic renewal is about restoring trust and confidence in local government and its institutions and its starting point is the citizen.
Signing a petition is one way for citizens to express their concerns and priorities to their local authority and the government's Citizenship Survey shows that petitions are the most popular and recognised form of civic action.
The petitions provisions in the 2009 Act means that for the first time councils will be required to respond to petitions and tell local people what action is going to be taken to address their concerns.
A pioneer of online collaboration and consultation software, Tokim has developed Tokim e-Petitions to help local authorities meet their duties under the 2009 Act, in particular the specific duty to provide a facility for people to submit petitions electronically.
This very affordable solution is designed with usability and the duty in mind, offering:
Make it easier for local people to express their views
Cost effectively manage, review and approve petitions
Automate authority thresholds to trigger further debate
Quickly analyse, report and respond to petitions
Ensure petitioners know that their views have been listened to
Build on local authority best practice
Comply with the Local Democracy Act