To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department's funding of £3.6 million to improve electoral registration will be given to local authorities which have not used local government databases to improve electoral registration in the individual electoral registration dry run.
All electoral registration officers (EROs) have received funding, based on their levels of under-registration, to support local activities to maximise registration, as part of the transition to individual electoral registration. EROs are best placed to decide how to improve the completeness and accuracy of their registers.
Performance standard one of the Electoral Commission's framework encourages EROs to use local data sources to build understanding of local challenges and to identify potential new electors. The Electoral Commission monitors and reports on the performance of EROs against the performance standards. All EROs met performance standard one in 2012 and the commission will report on the 2013 performance shortly.