Councils all around England have been busy getting ready to comply with the new duty to provide e-Petitions which kicks in today, 15th December. This means that on council sites across England you should now be able to make petitions which will be formally considered by the councils, in accordance with their chosen policies.
At mySociety we’ve spent a lot of time over the last twelve months helping councils to cope with this new duty by offering them a commercial petitions service that is really good for users and easy to administer for councils. Some of the sites have been live for months, but many of the 35 council e-petitions sites we’re currently contracted to supply launch today.
mySociety’s core developers Matthew Somerville and Dave Whiteland deserve huge credit for all the work they did re-purposing the No10 Petitions codebase and doing dozens of council customisations and rebrands. I’ve just seen one council officer email “Yippeee” at the prospect of launching, so I reckon they’ve done a pretty good job - well done gents, everyone in mySociety owes you a debt of gratitude for a time consuming job well done.
Here’s the current list of live local petitions sites. We’ll be adding more as they go up. Happy petitioning!
Blackburn with Darwen http://petitions.blackburn.gov.uk/
East Cambridgeshire http://petitions.eastcambs.gov.uk/
East Northants http://petitions.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk
Forest Heath http://petitions.forest-heath.gov.uk
New Forest http://petitions.newforest.gov.uk
Reigate & Banstead http://petitions.reigate-banstead.gov.uk
South Holland http://petitions.sholland.gov.uk
St Edmundsbury http://petitions.stedmundsbury.gov.uk
Suffolk Coastal http://petitions.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/
Surrey County Council http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk
Surrey Heath http://petitions.surreyheath.gov.uk
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk