Wakefield selected for electoral canvass pilot
Ref: PR 8389
has successfully been chosen to take part in a pilot scheme that could help
radically reduce the cost of the annual canvass.
All local authorities are required to carry out an annual canvass once a year
to ensure that electoral registers are accurate and up to date. This costs
around £65m a year to conduct nationally.
Yesterday, the Government announced that Wakefield has been chosen as one of 21
pilot areas across the country to take part.
Wakefield Council is currently carrying out its annual canvass and has written
to all households in the district and sent reminder letters to those that have
not responded. Electoral canvassers are visiting households that have not
responded to these requests until 13 November.
Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council’s Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to
have been chosen to take part in the pilot scheme. We are in the middle of our
current canvass and visits to households are taking place to those that have
not responded to previous requests, which can be costly to the Council.
“We hope the pilot scheme will help us to use new technology to make the
process more efficient, improve voter registration in the district and make
“We look forward to finding out more about what the pilot will involve and
potential savings that can be made a result of being chosen to take part.”
The Cabinet Office currently estimates that the total savings to the canvass
process could be in excess of £20 million per year should the pilots result in
permanent change and be rolled out nationwide.