To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Commission has provided to the Cabinet Office on making additional central funding available to electoral registration officers to ensure that EU citizens are aware of the steps they need to take in order to participate in the European elections in the UK.
While Returning Officers at a European Parliamentary election are funded directly by the UK Government for the costs involved in administering the election, Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) are funded entirely by the local authority which has appointed them. This means that EROs across the UK are required to draw on their local annual budgets to deal with the impact of national electoral events.
In its report on registration at the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election, the Commission highlighted the need for the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments to work with the Commission and EROs across the UK to review the balance of funding and resources for EROs. This is to ensure that election-specific activity can be appropriately resourced, as well as ongoing activities such as the annual canvass of properties.