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How to petition

A petition is a direct way for people to raise a 'national issue' with their Parliament. It is a request for action which sets out what an individual, community group, etc want the Parliament to do and why. Creating a petition is simple and the process is designed to be open and accessible to all. 

  • your petition only needs one signature
  • there is no age restriction
  • petitions can be submitted in any language and format (e.g. British Sign Language, Braille). If required, the clerking team will arrange for a translation or interpretation

Steps to creating a petition

  • Decide what you want to petition about: Is the issue you want to raise within the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament? Is it a national issue or might it be more local? Have you attempted to resolve the issue perhaps with your MSP or council? Contact us if you are unsure
  • Create your petition: The most convenient way to submit your petition is via the online form which will allow you to enter your petition text, save, edit, amend, etc. and then send it to the clerking team
  • Put your petition online: You can collect signatures online which opens your petition to a worldwide audience. There is a discussion forum which allows people to discuss the issue you raise
  • Promote your petition: You can link your petition to your own website, social networking site, video etc. You can even create your own petition web address
  • Have it discussed: The Public Petitions Committee has 7 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and its role is to consider and discuss each petition lodged and decide what action to take. At every step you are kept informed by the clerking team of what is happening so that you get the opportunity to contribute
  • Make a difference: Petitions do make a difference and some have led to changes in the law or of policy

More information

More information about the process is available through a number of sources: leaflet, video, podcasts. You can access information in other languages and in BSL. If you have a specific need, please contact the clerking team.

Leaflets:

Petitioning the Scottish Parliament: Making your voice heard 

How to submit a public petition - English (369KB pdf)  

 

Listen to podcasts:

Arabic  

Bengali  

Gaelic  

Polish  

Punjabi  

Simplified Chinese/Mandarin 

Traditional Chinese/Cantonese  

Urdu  

 

Video content:

How to submit a public petition - British Sign Language video

We have created an animated guide to show you what's involved in the petitioning process (34MB mp4).

We have also created a video explaining the petitions process (23MB wmv)

You can access petitions closed prior to September 2011 via the link below.

http://archive.scottish.parliament.uk/business/petitions/closed/index.htm

Languages

Visit the languages section for information on petitioning the Scottish Parliament in another language.

Arabic

Bengali 

Polish 

Punjabi 

Simplified Chinese/Mandarin 

Traditional Chinese/Cantonese 

Urdu 

Contact Us

If you need help or want more information contact the clerking team for assistance.

Contact: 0131 348 5254
Email: petitions@scottish.parliament.uk

Create a petition

Click on the link below to start your own petition

Create a petition