Research published by the University of East Anglia says there is no efficient tool to know if people are missing from the electoral register. The report notes that up to eight million people could already ‘be missing’ from the register in the UK.
Councillor Howard Sykes MBE fears thousands of pounds will be lost by Oldham Council and other public services like health, police and fire. Population and electoral register figures have a huge say on how much money public bodies can receive or access. Liberal Democrat Councillor Howard Sykes MBE wants to know how many electors the Oldham Council thinks ‘are missing’ from the electoral register in the Borough.
Councillor Sykes MBE says: “If we appear to have less population in the eyes of the Government, this will leave Oldham Borough and its citizens short changed. People will also lose out on a say in forthcoming General Election, local elections and any referendums. Councils need to be working hard at getting people registered at this important time in our history.”