Our e-petitions facility allows you to have your e-petition online. this means your e-petition and supporting information can be made available to a wider audience.
Creating your petition
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Manchester can submit a petition to us using our e-petitions website.
To create your petition, you will need to:
- register using a Manchester address
- give the full details of your petition
- give a short name for your petition
- specify how long your petition will run for (all petitions must have an end date). Most petitions run for three or six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, up to a maximum of 12 months.
Getting your petition online
When you create an e-petition, there may be a short delay before your petition is published. This is because we have to check that it is suitable before it is made available for people to sign. You will receive an email from the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit asking you to confirm your name, postal and email address. This is so that we can verify that you live work or study in Manchester and so that we can respond to you directly.
We will aim to confirm these details within five working days but the delay may be slightly longer during busy periods or if we need to clarify any information with you. If we are unable to confirm these details with you within six weeks of the request, the e-petition will be archived and no further action will be taken.
If we feel we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you to explain the reasons why. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish and it will be considered again. On some occasions, we may need to seek further advice on the content of your petition but we will inform you of this and explain the reason for any delays. If you want more information about what petitions can and cannot be accepted, refer section 3 of our petitions scheme.
Once your details and the petition suitability have been confirmed, we will put it on the website and you will be given your unique website address which you can use to publicise your petition. We will email you to confirm when this is done.
How do I sign an e-petition?
Any individual who lives works or studies in Manchester can sign an e-petition. When you sign an e-petition you will be asked to provide your name, your postcode and a valid email address to register on the site. When you have submitted this information you will be sent an email to the email address you have provided. This email will include a link which you must click on in order to confirm the email address is valid. Once this step is complete your ‘signature’ will be added to the petition. People visiting the e-petition will be able to see your name in the list of those who have signed it but your contact details will not be visible.
Closing a petition
You will be able to extend or shorten the timeframe of your petition while it is open but you will not be able to make any amendments after the closing date. When an e-petition has closed, it will be treated as formally ‘submitted’ to us on that date and will be then dealt with in the same way as a paper petition.
You can still submit a paper petition. If you are submitting a paper petition as well as an e-petition, both parts should be submitted by the same closing date so that the total number of entries can be verified together.
What happens next?
After your petition has been closed and submitted to us, it will be dealt with in accordance with the our petitions scheme.