National Alliance Against Tolls - Section 116 Local polls
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ROAD PRICING - MANCHESTER TOLL A.K.A. MANCHESTER CONGESTION CHARGE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2003 - Section 116 Local polls
From the Act:-
(1) A local authority may conduct a poll to ascertain the views of those
(a) any matter relating to-
(i) services provided in pursuance of the authority's functions, or
(ii) the authority's expenditure on such services, or
(b) any other matter if it is one relating to the authority's power
under section 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) (authority's
power to promote well-being of its area).
(2) It shall be for the local authority concerned to decide-
(a) who is to be polled, and,
(b) how the poll is to be conducted.
(3) In conducting a poll under this section, a local authority must have
regard to any guidance issued by the appropriate person on facilitating
participation in a poll under this section by such of those polled as
are disabled people.
(4) This section is without prejudice to any powers of a local authority
exercisable otherwise than by virtue of this section.
(5) In this section, "local authority" means-
(a) in relation to England-
(i) a county council;
(ii) a district council;
(iii) a London borough council;
(iv) the Greater London Authority;
(v) the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local
(vi) the Council of the Isles of Scilly, and
(b) in relation to Wales, a county council or a county borough council.
EXTRACT FROM XPLANATORY NOTES TO THE ACT
356. This section confirms, by creation of an express power, the right
of a local authority to conduct an advisory poll. There is no obligation
on a local authority to hold such a poll, nor any requirement to act in
accordance with the result of such a poll.
357. The extent of this express power is broadly drawn, allowing the
local authority to hold a poll on any matter relating to the services
for which it is responsible (including where these may be delivered by a
third party), or the finance that it commits to those services, or any
other matter that is one relating to the authority's power under section
2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (authority's power to promote
well-being of its area).
358. The section also provides express freedom to a local authority in
determining, for any poll it proposes to hold, who to poll and how the
poll is to be conducted. The clause also provides for the Secretary of
State in England and the National Assembly for Wales in Wales to be able
to issue guidance **, to which local authorities must have regard, on
facilitating participation by disabled people in a local poll.
** As at November 2008, no guidance has been issued.
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