Electoral Register: Students

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to provide funds from the public purse for programmes to encourage students to register to vote before the next General Election.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

The government recently published the Democratic Engagement Plan that set out strategies for democratic engagement with under registered groups including students. The Plan is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/every-voice-matters-building-a-democracy-that-works-for-everyone

The Cabinet Office is continuing to work with the Electoral Commission, local authorities, universities, colleges and other organisations to ensure citizens have every chance to be registered. The Government is also working to enact the student registration provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) 2017, which encourages Higher Education providers to share information with EROs’ in order to encourage registration.

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