To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what proportion of his Department's budget for Electoral Registration Transformation Programme has been spent on registering additional citizens to vote in the current financial year; and what assessment he has made of the performance of that Programme in that function.
The Government has budgeted £99 million during this Parliament to deliver Individual Electoral Registration (IER), which includes the introduction of online registration. The ability to register on a computer or smartphone in as little as three minutes makes registering to vote quicker and more accessible than ever before. Local Authorities and Valuation Joint Boards have received over £39 million of this budget to support the transition to IER.
This funding is managed by the Electoral Registration Transformation Programme in the Cabinet Office’s Constitution Group, and covers the investment made by the Cabinet Office in registering citizens to vote.