EHDC counts the cost of unfilled forms

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

Households that fail to respond to voter registration forms sent out by East Hampshire District Council cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds in follow ups and reminders.

Every September EHDC delivers Household Enquiry Forms to 52,000 homes across the district asking people to check and correct their details on the electoral register.

All households are legally required to respond to the letter but last year uncompleted forms cost the local taxpayer around £15,000 in reminder letters and door-to-door visits from council officers.

Residents can confirm their details online in a matter of minutes.

EHDC Chief Executive, Sandy Hopkins, said: “The money spent chasing up unanswered Household Enquiry Forms last year would pay for the equivalent of six weeks of grass cutting, accommodation for 15 families threatened with homelessness or pay vet bills for around 200 stray dogs.

“Please respond to this form so we can spend this money on local services instead.

“This is a legal duty and people who don’t respond not only cost the taxpayer money but also risk being removed from the register and losing their right to vote.”

People can respond to the form by phone or post but the quickest and simplest way is by going online and following the form’s three-step instructions.

Anyone not currently on the electoral register will need to complete the Household Enquiry Form and then sign up to the register. This can be done at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information about Household Enquiry Forms go to www.easthants.gov.uk/registering-to-vote.