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The Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (Council Tax Increases) (England) Regulations 2012

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1.Citation and commencement

  3. 2.Interpretation

  4. 3.Question to be asked in a referendum

  5. 4.Publicity and other information to be provided in connection with referendums by billing authorities

  6. 5.Publicity and other information to be provided in connection with referendums by precepting authorities other than the Greater London Authority

  7. 6.Publicity and other information to be provided in connection with referendums by the Greater London Authority

  8. 7.Further information to be provided in connection with a referendum

  9. 8.Calculation of tax for different valuation bands by local precepting authority

  10. 9.Provision of information by relevant billing authority

  11. 10.Restriction on publication etc of promotional material

  12. 11.Statement of reasons for council tax increase

  13. 12.General restriction on referendum expenses

  14. 13.Notional referendum expenses

  15. 14.Conduct of referendum: poll at referendum not taken together with poll at relevant election or referendum

  16. 15.Counting officer

  17. 16.Chief Counting Officer

  18. 17.Combination and timing of polls: general

  19. 18.Combination and timing of referendum and election polls: conduct of referendum

  20. 19.Combination and timing of referendum and election polls: supplementary provisions relating to elections

  21. 20.Procedures for questioning referendum

  22. 21.Immediate consequences of referendum petitions

  23. 22.Determination of referendum petitions

  24. 23.Time

  25. 24.Advertisements

  26. 25.Non-domestic rating: premises used for referendum purposes

  27. 26.Application of these regulations where authority calculates basic amounts of council tax for its predecessor areas under the 2008 Regulations

  28. 27.Transitional provisions

  29. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      QUESTION TO BE ASKED IN A REFERENDUM

      1. Part of the council tax in your area goes to...

      2. For the financial year beginning on 1st April [insert relevant...

      3. That decision is subject to the result of a referendum....

      4. If most voters in [insert name of authority in respect...

      5. If most voters in [insert name of authority in respect...

      6. Do you agree with [insert name of authority in respect...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      MATTERS RELEVANT TO REFERENDUM EXPENSES

      1. 1.Advertising of any nature (whatever the medium used). Expenses in...

      2. 2.Unsolicited material addressed to voters (whether addressed to them by...

      3. 3.Any material of a description referred to in regulation 10(1)...

      4. 4.Market research or canvassing conducted for the purposes of ascertaining...

      5. 5.The provision of any services or facilities in connection with...

      6. 6.Transport (by any means) of persons to any place or...

      7. 7.Rallies and other events, including public meetings organised so as...

      8. 8.Nothing in paragraphs 1 to 7 is to be taken...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE ACT REFERENDUMS RULES

      1. PART 1

        1. 1.Citation

        2. 2.Interpretation

      2. PART 2

        1. 3.Timetable

        2. 4.Computation of time

      3. PART 3

        1. 5.Notice of referendum

        2. 6.Poll to be taken by ballot

        3. 7.The ballot papers

        4. 8.The corresponding number list

        5. 9.The official mark

        6. 10.Prohibition of disclosure of vote

        7. 11.Use of schools and public rooms

      4. PART 4

        1. 12.Notice of poll

        2. 13.Postal ballot papers

        3. 14.Provision of polling stations

        4. 15.Appointment of presiding officers and polling clerks

        5. 16.Issue of official poll cards

        6. 17.Equipment of polling stations

        7. 18.Appointment of polling observers and counting observers

        8. 19.Notification of requirement of secrecy

        9. 20.Return of postal ballot papers

      5. PART 5

        1. 21.Admission to polling station

        2. 22.Keeping of order in station

        3. 23.Sealing of ballot boxes

        4. 24.Questions to be put to voters and proxies

        5. 25.Challenge of voter or proxy

        6. 26.Voting procedure

        7. 27.Votes marked by presiding officer

        8. 28.Voting by persons with disabilities

        9. 29.Tendered ballot papers: circumstances where available

        10. 30.Tendered ballot papers: general provisions

        11. 31.Spoilt ballot papers

        12. 32.Correction of errors on day of poll

        13. 33.Adjournment of poll in case of riot

        14. 34.Procedure on close of poll

      6. PART 6

        1. 35.Attendance at counting of votes

        2. 36.The count

        3. 37.Rejected ballot papers

        4. 38.Decisions on ballot papers

      7. PART 7

        1. 39.Declaration of result

        2. 40.Chief Counting Officer’s re-count

        3. 41.Counting officer’s statement and declaration of result

        4. 42.Sealing up of ballot papers

        5. 43.Delivery of documents to relevant registration officer

        6. 44.Orders for production of documents

        7. 45.Retention of documents

      8. PART 8

        1. Note:—The forms contained in this Appendix may be adapted so...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Application, with modifications, of Acts and subordinate legislation

      1. 1.Interpretation

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      The Local Government Finance Act Referendums (Combination of Polls) Rules

      1. PART 1

        1. 1.Citation

        2. 2.Interpretation

      2. PART 2

        1. 3.Timetable

        2. 4.Computation of time

      3. PART 3

        1. 5.Notice of referendum

        2. 6.Poll to be taken by ballot

        3. 7.The ballot papers

        4. 8.The corresponding number list

        5. 9.The official mark

        6. 10.Prohibition of disclosure of vote

        7. 11.Use of schools and public rooms

      4. PART 4

        1. 12.Notice of Poll

        2. 13.Postal ballot papers

        3. 14.Provision of polling stations

        4. 15.Appointment of presiding officers and clerks

        5. 16.Issue of official poll cards

        6. 17.Equipment of polling stations

        7. 18.Appointment of counting observers

        8. 19.Appointment of polling observers

        9. 20.Notification of requirement of secrecy in respect of polling stations

        10. 21.Notification of requirement of secrecy in respect of the count

        11. 22.Return of postal ballot papers

      5. PART 5

        1. 23.Admission to the polling station

        2. 24.Keeping of order in station

        3. 25.Sealing of ballot boxes

        4. 26.Questions to be put to voters and proxies

        5. 27.Challenge of voter or proxy

        6. 28.Voting procedure

        7. 29.Votes marked by presiding officer

        8. 30.Voting by persons with disabilities

        9. 31.Tendered ballot papers: circumstances where available

        10. 32.Tendered ballot papers: general provisions

        11. 33.Spoilt ballot papers

        12. 34.Correction of errors on day of poll

        13. 35.Adjournment of poll in case of riot

        14. 36.Procedure on close of poll

      6. PART 6

        1. 37.Attendance at counting of votes

        2. 38.The count

        3. 39.Rejected ballot papers

        4. 40.Decisions on ballot papers

      7. PART 7

        1. 41.Declaration of result

        2. 42.Chief Counting Officer’s re-count

        3. 43.Counting officer’s statement and declaration of result

        4. 44.Sealing up of ballot papers

        5. 45.Delivery of documents to relevant registration officer

        6. 46.Orders for production of documents

        7. 47.Retention of documents

        8. 48.Countermand or abandonment of poll at election on death of candidate

      8. PART 8

        1. Note:—The forms contained in this Appendix may be adapted so...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Application, with modifications, of the Representation of the People Act 1983 in relation to referendum petitions

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Modifications of the Election Petition Rules 1960

  30. Explanatory Note

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