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Electoral Register: Homelessness

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to support people who are (a) homeless and (b) without a fixed address to register to vote in the 2019 General Election; and what resources his Department is allocating for that purpose.

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

Over the last year, the Cabinet Office has, with the support of Ministers, convened partners from local authorities and homeless charities to codesign and test ideas to address barriers to electoral registration among the homeless community. It has published a collection of research and findings titled ‘Barriers to Registration: Homeless Citizens and Frequent Movers’ on GOV.UK to improve understanding of these issues.

Last month, National Democracy Week saw local authorities and civil society groups deliver democratic engagement activities and has acted as a catalyst for the creation of a number of valuable resources on GOV.UK and continue to be used by our partners.

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