UK: E-petitions


1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:The British Government
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation execute by a government institution

Source of financing:

public resources - state budget

Year of launching the website/application: 2010
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

E-Petition is a British service allowing Great Britain’s inhabitants to create e-petitions. The process of submitting petitions is coordinated by the British Government. Petitions not exceeding 150 signs are filed via a Web service to be then open to voting for other users.

Thanks to the available activities, the service users can: create their own e-petitions, read petitions submitted by others, sign petitions, as well as share and comment on chosen contents with the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

The application allows for generating information (statistical, not confidential) about all the petitions available at a given moment within the service or about any single petition that has more than 100,000 votes.

In terms of the service’s organization, worth mentioning is selection against the established regulations, as well as the fact that petitions cannot be repeated (i.e. one cannot submit a petition about a solution that has already been considered for debate), cannot include any personal or confidential information and can only be related to issues falling within the competence of the House of Commons.

Petitions that have received at least 100,000 signatures are presented to the House of Commons. Due to the system of breaks in the British Parliament’s proceedings, there is also a break in the service’s operation starting around 2 months before the beginning of the elections to the House of Commons.

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
The application service's usage area:
  • participation and opinions ("we inform and talk")
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • Independent website dedicated to the application / solution eGov
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service requires you to register your account on the site - registration requires a specific data
    • Name
    • Surname
    • email adress
    • postal code
    • state
    • other poll's question
Tracking of user's activity:
  • verification via a link sent to your email
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. The public consultation the government dialogue with citizens, eg. On infrastructure solutions
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. Search engine
  2. Petitions
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • Yes

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 17.02.2015
The project hasn't its profiles on networking sites:

5. Screen gallery

Homepage << Strona główna >>

Searching the published petitions << Wyszukiwarka petycji >>

Creating e-petitions << Strona składania petycji >>

A petition’s page << Strona petycji >>