Only four e-petitions at Liverpool council last year
Setting up a government e-petition has become a highly effective way for campaign groups to raise awareness of their causes.
The government was forced to allow a debate into the release of Hillsborough documents after massive support via an e-petition.
Liverpool council has also had the facility to create e-petitions for some time now. But a quick search shows that only four were created last year.
Help Save Calder Kids got 165 signatures, Save West Derby Childrens Centre got none (it's a bit strange that the person who set it up didn't sign it), No bollards got five, and Free Formula Milk for HIV Positive Mothers received six.
Given that only 100 signatories are needed to trigger a council official having to look into the matter and then post a response, I am surprised that this tool is not being used more than it is.
UPDATE: Here is a bit more info:
If 4,349 people sign the petition must be considered by council.
If 437 people sign a senior officer will be required to attend a public meeting to answer questions.
And if 100 people sign the council has to look into it and post a response.