Issue 11, January 2018

Matters

Electoral Canvass savings

Thank you to everyone who responded to our annual Electoral Canvass by telephone, text message and online.

Every year we are required to carry out an electoral canvass to check that everyone's electoral registration details are correct and up-to-date on the electoral register. To make it quick, easy and convenient for residents to confirm their details we provide the option to respond by telephone, text message or online. These digital methods are by far the most efficient and are much better for the environment than paper forms.

This year, to encourage people to respond digitally, we offered residents the chance to win one of three £50 Marks and Spencer vouchers in a free prize draw if they replied to the annual electoral canvass by telephone, text message or online. A staggering 33,357 households supported our competition and with your help we have increased the number of digital responses from 44% last year to 61% this year.

By responding via telephone, text message or online form you have helped us to reduce the amount of money we spend on costly follow-up letters and doorstep visits. Every digital response adds up and together you have helped to save over £15,000 in processing costs.

Congratulations to Alan Salamon from Balcombe, Maria Wedlock from Cuckfield and Tracy Scott from Haywards Heath, who were the three lucky winners of a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher. The vouchers were presented by Councillor Mandy Thomas-Atkin (pictured centre) our Cabinet Member for Customer Services.

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