Residents of more than 19,000 Warrington homes have failed to respond to Warrington Borough Council’s household enquiry form.
The lack of response from 20 per cent of Warrington homes means that council officers will start knocking on doors of those who haven’t responded. This four-week programme will cost around £15,000.
Ultimately, anyone refusing to register can face a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
Each year the council sends out household enquiry forms to every address in the borough – about 93,000 homes. Householders are required by law to provide the information requested on the form.
Householders are asked:
- the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over;
- whether there are any residents who are not eligible to vote, and why;
- whether their nationality has changed;
- if they are now over 76 years old;
- to cross out the name(s) of anyone listed on the form who is no longer living at the address; and
- to include contact information if they wish to.
A revised electoral register will be published on 1 December. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to validate applications. Not being registered can affect applications for credit cards, mobile phone contracts and mortgages.
More information about the annual household enquiry is available on the council’s website