peter marrington Wrote:Sorry for a basic question but when do we need to have e petitions up and running by??
Sorry, I can't find any hints as to when the Government would prefer to introduce the requirement for e-petitions either. Perhaps the Government is keeping an open mind and will consider the answers to Q11 of the consultation (which is about timescales for the petitions duty as a whole). Given the need for the Government to consider the responses to the consultation and then issue a revised draft order, it is going to be very tight for councils to introduce a non-e petition system by May 2010, let alone an electronic one.
I understand that the marketplace for e-petition systems is still quite undeveloped, and - whilst acknowledging the work that several trail-blazing councils have evidently already done - it will take at least a year for councils to acquire systems that will do the job at a reasonable price. The logical thing would arguably be for both non-electronic and electronic systems to be introduced together in May 2011 at the earliest, but this is pure supposition on my part.
Bearing in mind that the Conservatives have said they will repeal the 2009 Act if they form the next government, a later date could prevent a lot of abortive work and unnecessary expenditure.