Electoral Register

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223244, if he will increase the budget available to Electoral Registration Officers who bid for additional support.

Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2015 to Question 223245, what information his Department holds on the uses to which funds released to individual Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) under section 31 of the Local Government Act in 2014-15 have been put by EROs.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In 2014/15 Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) have received £27 million resource funding to support them in the transition to Individual Electoral Registration.

EROs have also received a share of £6.8 million funding to support activities such as targeted canvassing, mail-outs and communications campaigns aimed at increasing the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register, with allocations based on levels of under registration. This funding is paid to EROs via grants under Section 31 of the Local Government Act (2003).

Where EROs can justify the need for further support, bids for additional funding can be made. These are assessed on a case by case basis.

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