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Electoral Register

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his estimate is of the public expenditure cost nationally and locally of implementing the Government's announcement in April 2008 that address information held on the Electoral Register must be reviewed, checked and matched against a national address database. (321670)

The Electoral Registration Data Standards Direction of April 2008 was made by the Secretary of State pursuant to the provisions of section 52(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 on the recommendation of the Electoral Commission.

The Direction requires all electoral registration officers to ensure that all data stored by them in electronic systems complies with a set of minimum standards from 1 December 2009. In order to comply with the standards, Electoral Registration Officers must ensure address data is formatted according to the requirement of British Standard BS7666:2006 and must match the detail of electors' addresses with the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) in England and Wales, or in Scotland, the Corporate Address Gazetteers (CAG). The Government have made funding available to Electoral Registration Officers to enable them to meet the costs of compliance.

The Electoral Registration Data Standards can enable local authorities to make efficiency savings through the creation of a single source of addressing information for all of the authority's services. That is because where local authorities take advantage of this the need for multiple entry of address data can be eliminated, reducing costs and inaccuracy. Information about address changes gathered through electoral registration activity throughout the year also ensures that the addresses recorded in local authority systems and in the NLPG and CAG continue to be as accurate and up to date as possible. This can be of particular benefit where the NLPG or CAG are used by the emergency services.

The maximum amount of funding made available to support implementation of the data standards nationally and locally is set out in Tables 1 and 2 respectively. Local authorities in England and Wales and Valuation Joint Boards in Scotland are able to access the grant in aid through a claim process specified by the Secretary of State. Because this claim process will not be completed until 31 March 2010, the final amount paid out will not be known until after this date.

Table 1: Local authorities England and Wales

Local authority

Maximum grant (£)

Adur District Council

3,933

Allerdale Borough Council

5,813

Alnwick District Council

5,849

Amber Valley Borough Council

3,971

Arun District Council

4,622

Ashfield District Council

3,933

Ashford Borough Council

4,736

Aylesbury Vale District Council

5,475

Babergh District Council

4,134

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

5,417

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

5,744

Basildon District Council

5,728

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

4,241

Bassetlaw District Council

4,134

Bath and North East Somerset Council

5,431

Bedford Borough Council

4,340

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council

6,436

Birmingham City Council

14,107

Blaby District Council

4,73 8

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

4,942

Blackpool Council

4,251

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

5,926

Blyth Valley Borough Council

4,835

Bolsover District Council

3,738

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

5,691

Boston Borough Council

3,885

Bournemouth Borough Council

9,542

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

3,829

Braintree District Council

5,380

Breckland Council

4,242

Brentwood Borough Council

3,877

Bridgend County Borough Council

5,270

Bridgnorth District Council

3,934

Brighton and Hove City Council

5,496

Bristol City Council

7,030

Broadland District Council

4,271

Bromsgrove District Council

4,409

Broxbourne Borough Council

18,526

Broxtowe Borough Council

3,714

Burnley Borough Council

4,013

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

19,839

Caerphilly County Borough Council

4,902

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

4,633

Cambridge City Council

5,896

Cannock Chase District Council

3,615

Canterbury City Council

4,304

Caradon District Council

6,328

Cardiff County Council

7,717

Carlisle City Council

4,239

Carmarthenshire County Council

6,316

Carrick District Council

4,292

Castle Morpeth Borough Council

4,845

Castle Point Borough Council

3,925

Ceredigion County Council

24,077

Charnwood Borough Council

4,208

Chelmsford Borough Council

4,228

Cheltenham Borough Council

6,508

Cherwell District Council

4,874

Chester City Council

4,768

Chesterfield Borough Council

3,802

Chester-le-Street District Council

3,706

Chichester District Council

3,984

Chiltern District Council

3,628

Chorley Borough Council

5,886

Christchurch Borough Council

3,670

City and County of Swansea

5,227

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

6,822

City of York Council

4,632

Colchester Borough Council

4,274

Congleton Borough Council

4,292

Conwy County Borough Council

5,744

Copeland Borough Council

3,615

Corby Borough Council

3,539

Corporation of London

3,889

Cotswold District Council

4,480

Council of The Isles of Scilly

5,746

Coventry City Council

5,835

Craven District Council

4,219

Crawley Borough Council

4,139

Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council

19,189

Cyngor Gwynedd

6,655

Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon

9,526

Dacorum Borough Council

4,447

Darlington Borough Council

3,642

Dartford Borough Council

3,615

Daventry District Council

3,807

Denbighshire County Council

3,849

Derby City Council

6,068

Derbyshire Dales District Council

5,766

Derwentside District Council

4,017

District of Easington

3,695

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

5,678

Dover District Council

4,137

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

6,130

Durham City Council

3,620

East Cambridgeshire District Council

4,054

East Devon District Council

5,830

East Dorset District Council'

3,667

East Hampshire District Council

4,574

East Herts Council

6,459

East Lindsey District Council

8,081

East Northamptonshire District Council

3,558

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

5,360

East Staffordshire Borough Council

3,621

Eastbourne Borough Council

5,882

Eastleigh Borough Council

3,528

Eden District Council

6,756

Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council

5,824

Elmbridge Borough Council

5,750

Epping Forest District Council

5,609

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

3,644

Erewash Borough Council

4,160

Exeter City Council

3,646

Fareham Borough Council

3,521

Fenland District Council

5,877

Flintshire County Council

5,772

Forest Heath District Council

3,621

Forest of Dean District Council

5,349

Fylde Borough Council

4,387

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

4,946

Gedling Borough Council

3,663

Gloucester City Council

3,985

Gosport Borough Council

3,594

Gravesham Borough Council

3,781

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

6,844

Guildford Borough Council

5,355

Halton Borough Council

3,950

Hambleton District Council

3,836

Harborough District Council

4,328

Harlow District Council

3,947

Harrogate Borough Council

5,024

Hart District Council

5,782

Hartlepool Borough Council

3,559

Hastings Borough Council

3,856

Havant Borough Council

3,729

Herefordshire Council

4,489

Hertsmere Borough Council

6,286

High Peak Borough Council

3,615

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

3,992

Horsham District Council

3,935

Huntingdonshire District Council

4,303

Hyndburn Borough Council

3,758

Ipswich Borough Council

3,650

Isle of Wight Council

4,685

Kennet District Council

3,629

Kerrier District Council

4,706

Kettering Borough Council

3,873

King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council

6,074

Kingston upon Hull City Council

4,381

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

5,917

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

5,198

Lancaster City Council

5,141

Leeds City Council

14,834

Leicester City Council

5,293

Lewes District Council

3,948

Lichfield District Council

3,676

Lincoln City Council

4,978

Liverpool City Council

8,387

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

4,768

London Borough of Barnet

6,173

London Borough of Bexley

4,384

London Borough of Brent

6,539

London Borough of Bromley

5,468

London Borough of Camden

6,443

London Borough of Croydon

6,525

London Borough of Ealing

5,360

London Borough of Enfield

5,295

London Borough of Greenwich

5,240

London Borough of Hackney

4,644

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

5,434

London Borough of Haringey

4,531

London Borough of Harrow

5,215

London Borough of Havering

4,467

London Borough of Hillingdon

4,227

London Borough of Hounslow

7,3 03

London Borough of Islington

5,761

London Borough of Lambeth

6,167

London Borough of Lewisham

5,576

London Borough of Merton

5,672

London Borough of Newham

4,643

London Borough of Redbridge

4,623

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

4,454

London Borough of Southwark

4,316

London Borough of Sutton

4,765

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

6,421

London Borough of Waltham Forest

6,055

Luton Borough Council

6,469

Macclesfield Borough Council

5,445

Maidstone Borough Council

5,968

Maldon District Council

3,523

Malvern Hills District Council

6,534

Manchester City Council

9,390

Mansfield District Council

3,615

Medway Council

4,869

Melton Borough Council

4,097

Mendip District Council

4,054

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

6,645

Mid Bedfordshire District Council

4,308

Mid Devon District Council

3,615

Mid Suffolk District Council

4,772

Mid Sussex District Council

3,793

Middlesbrough Council

4,412

Milton Keynes Council

4,309

Mole Valley District Council

3,629

Monmouthshire County Council

7,127

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

4,308

New Forest District Council

4,310

Newark and Sherwood District Council

4,156

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

5,945

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

4,164

Newport City Council

3,734

North Cornwall District Council

5,285

North Devon District Council

5,183

North Dorset District Council

4,521

North East Derbyshire District Council

3,668

North East Lincolnshire Council

7,258

North Hertfordshire District Council

4,843

North Kesteven District Council

4,083

North Lincolnshire Council

5,029

North Norfolk District Council

7,221

North Shropshire District Council

6,090

North Somerset Council

4,463

North Tyneside Council

4,750

North Warwickshire Borough Council

18,634

North West Leicestershire District Council

4,102

North Wiltshire District Council

6,776

Northampton Borough Council

4,854

Norwich City Council

5,887

Nottingham City Council

4,321

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

3,579

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

4,216

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

19,339

Oswestry Borough Council

3,872

Oxford City Council

4,208

Pembrokeshire County Council

4,112

Pendle Borough Council

5,640

Penwith District Council

18,720

Peterborough City Council

4,461

Plymouth City Council

7,104

Poole Borough Council

4,282

Portsmouth City Council

6,589

Powys County Council

12,091

Preston City Council

4,128

Purbeck District Council

4,767

Reading Borough Council

5,841

Redcar and Cleveland Council

4,235

Redditch Borough Council

3,618

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

4,064

Restormel Borough Council

3,768

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

6,274

Ribble Valley Borough Council

5,237

Richmondshire District Council

5,828

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

6,672

Rochford District Council

3,631

Rossendale Borough Council

3,782

Rother District Council

4,403

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

4,563

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

4,649

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

5,411

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

5,864

Rugby Borough Council

3,686

Runnymede Borough Council

5,788

Rushcliffe Borough Council

4,294

Rushmoor Borough Council

3,615

Rutland County Council

4,451

Ryedale District Council

3,666

Salford City Council

4,996

Salisbury District Council

3,609

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

5,499

Scarborough Borough Council

6,710

Sedgefield Borough Council

3,552

Sedgemoor District Council

3,776

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

8,010

Selby District Council

3,648

Sevenoaks District Council

4,119

Sheffield City Council

6,656

Shepway District Council

4,995

Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council

4,468

Slough Borough Council

5,745

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

4,328

South Bedfordshire District Council

3,661

South Bucks District Council

3,991

South Cambridgeshire District Council

4,307

South Derbyshire District Council

3,616

South Gloucestershire Council

4,263

South Hams District Council

3,663

South Holland District Council

4,330

South Kesteven District Council

4,372

South Lakeland District Council

7,820

South Norfolk District Council

4,202

South Northamptonshire Council

3,634

South Oxfordshire District Council

5,967

South Ribble Borough Council

5,748

South Shropshire District Council

5,771

South Somerset District Council

5,025

South Staffordshire Council

4,143

South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

4,626

Southampton City Council

5,611

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

5,316

Spelthorne Borough Council

5,744

St. Albans City and District Council

6,656

St. Edmundsbury Borough Council

3,794

St. Helens Council

5,235

Stafford Borough Council

4,299

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

3,519

Stevenage Borough Council

3,933

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

6,234

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

4,208

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

4,400

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

7,409

Stroud District Council

3,704

Suffolk Coastal District Council

5,744

Sunderland City Council

6,909

Surrey Heath Borough Council

3,573

Swale Borough Council

3,657

Swindon Borough Council

4,234

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

4,492

Tamworth Borough Council

3,979

Tandridge District Council

3,933

Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,434

Teesdale District Council

5,873

Teignbridge District Council

5,073

Telford and Wrekin Council

4,720

Tendring District Council

4,453

Test Valley Borough Council

3,763

Tewkesbury Borough Council

4,610

Thanet District Council

3,624

Three Rivers District Council

3,990

Thurrock Council

4,964

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

3,728

Torbay Council

5,484

Torfaen County Borough Council

4,001

Torridge District Council

6,025

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

4,694

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

4,214

Tynedale District Council

4,764

Uttlesford District Council

4,788

Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council

3,953

Vale of White Horse District Council

5,885

Vale Royal Borough Council

4,378

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

6,273

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

7,284

Wandsworth Borough Council

5,783

Wansbeck District Council

4,077

Warrington Borough Council

4,852

Warwick District Council

3,748

Watford Borough Council

5,942

Waveney District Council

3,895

Waverley Borough Council

4,315

Wealden District Council

5,626

Wear Valley District Council

3,812

Wellingborough Borough Council

4,415

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

4,373

West Berkshire Council

4,556

West Devon Borough Council

4,015

West Dorset District Council

4,755

West Lancashire District Council

3,726

West Lindsey District Council

3,632

West Oxfordshire District Council

3,804

West Somerset District Council

5,093

West Wiltshire District Council

6,110

Westminster City Council

4,874

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

3,762

Wigan Council

5,962

Winchester City Council

3,739

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

7,847

Woking Borough Council

3,519

Wokingham District Council

5,137

Wolverhampton City Council

4,353

Worcester City Council

5,231

Worthing Borough Council

3,935

Wrexham County Borough Council

5,402

Wychavon District Council

3,876

Wycombe District Council

6,433

Wyre Borough Council

3,826

Wyre Forest District Council

4,488

Total

1,958,321

Table 2: Valuation Joint Boards in Scotland

Joint Valuation Board

Maximum payment (£)

Central Scotland

22,588

Dunbartonshire

23,370

Lanarkshire

46,443

Ayrshire

27,515

Highland

20,120

Orkney and Shetland

4,424

Grampian

44,434

Tayside

30,327

Dumfries and Galloway

26,729

Fife

26,746

Lothian

58,120

Glasgow

46,152

Renfrewshire

35,576

Scottish Borders

9,581

Total

422,125