Several thousand still to respond to Household Electoral Register
Further postal and telephone reminders will continue to be issued this week by Telford & Wrekin Council.
Further postal and telephone reminders will continue to be issued this week by Telford & Wrekin Council after ‘Household Enquiry Forms’ (HEF) were sent to each address in the borough in July.
The money spent chasing up unanswered Household Enquiry Forms last year exceeded £35,000, which is the equivalent to over 14,800 Key Stage 2 free school meals, more than 2,300 hours of personal care for vulnerable and elderly people or repair almost 300 pot holes.
The form is sent out to check who lives at every address and ensures not only that people are able to vote in the next election but can also affect things like credit ratings for mobile phones and mortgage or tenancy applications.
Those that do not respond are sent reminder letters, and then are visited by a member of the council’s canvassing team.
Richard Partington, managing director of Telford & Wrekin Council and the electoral registration officer. He said: “Our elections team canvassers are a very friendly bunch. They will be visiting every home that does not respond to give them any help they need to complete this legal duty.
“It is important that everyone responds to their Household Enquiry Form and we are all legally obliged to do this.
“No response not only costs the taxpayer money but also means they risk being removed from the register and losing their right to vote or find it difficult to apply for a mortgage or other forms of credit such as loans.”
To date, 80 per cent (60,773) of those who were sent the form have now responded, but there are still just over 20 per cent of people who have not responded to the initial form or the reminder. Residents are urged to respond before mid-November to ensure registration is maintained.
By law, residents must register on the electoral roll and the council must also ensure the register is up to date.
The process is very simple and only takes a few minutes. If your details haven’t changed you can reply:
Online via the internet at www.householdresponse.com/telfordwrekin
Text ‘NOCHANGE’ followed by your security codes to 80212
Freephone 0800 197 9871 and follow the simple prompts
If there have been changes in your household, update them online at www.householdresponse.com/telfordwrekin or on the annual canvas form with details of people in your household who are eligible to vote. This can be returned in the freepost envelope provided.
If you are not currently registered, your name won’t be on the form - the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/registertovote
Amended 9 November 2018 to reflect up to date figures for delivering service for personal care.