Havant council's ignored electoral register lettersÂ cost taxpayer Â£18,500-a-yearÂ
HOUSEHOLDS which fail to respond toÂ voter registration formsÂ cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds in follow-ups and reminders, an authority has said.
Havant Borough CouncilÂ (HBC) delivers household enquiry forms to more than 56,000 homes across the borough '“ asking people to check and correct their details on the electoral register.
Legally, residents areÂ required to respond to the letter '“Â but last year, HBC has said, uncompleted forms cost the local taxpayer around Â£18,500 in follow-up correspondence andÂ door-to-door visits from council officers.
HBC chief executive, Sandy Hopkins, said: '˜The money spent chasing up unanswered household enquiry forms last year would pay for the equivalent of six weeks of grass cutting, accommodation for 15 families threatened with homelessness or pay vet bills for around 200 stray dogs. Please respond to this form so we can spend this money on local services instead.'
Anyone notÂ on theÂ register will need to complete the household enquiry form andÂ sign up atÂ gov.uk/register-to-vote