Higher Education: Electoral Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 16th October 2018.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that higher education providers co-operate with electoral registration officers on the facilitation of electoral registration.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

On Friday 14 September, the Office for Students (OfS) published its guidance to Higher Education providers on the student electoral registration condition.This guidance is the final step in the implementation of the student electoral registration regulatory condition provided for in the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.

The OfS guidance represents the first time that student electoral registration forms part of the Higher Education framework in England. In fulfilling the condition, Higher Education providers across England will be obliged to work with Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) to facilitate electoral registration amongst their student populations. The condition also reinforces an existing legal requirement for Higher Education providers to comply with ERO requests for information, necessary for maintaining complete and accurate electoral registers.

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