Cash set to pay for electoral shake-up

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Local authorities across the Fylde coast have been given £119,719 to help pay for a ground-breaking change that will make the Electoral Register more accurate and secure.

The Government has given this money to Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Councils to help pay for the extra costs involved with switching to Individual Electoral Registration, which up to this point were funded through existing electoral budgets.

A national formula has been used to calculate what each area needs to cover the cost of the data matching process that will ensure the vast majority of the population will transfer automatically onto the new electoral register. It will also cover other costs such as writing to people to tell them they will need to register.

It is part of the Government’s drive to improve public confidence in elections.

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