LARIA North West April 2014 Community Engagement and IER – summary of event

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Welcome from Martin Burroughs, Oldham MBC

LARIA North West welcomed 40 delegates to its spring event in Manchester to hear about Community Engagement and the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) experience.  Delegates heard from Professor Matt Henn about non-voting patterns by young people and his research into engaging young people in the democratic process.

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LARIA NW IER – M Henn

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Prof Matt Henn (Nottingham Trent University) talks about why young people don’t vote

John Bradley spoke about mis-matches in the ‘dry-run’ of matching Electoral Registration and DWP data and how this related to issues of ethnicity, household tenure and student areas.

LARIA NW IER – J Bradley

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John Bradley (Manchester CC) explains the issues of targeting hard to reach communities in Manchester

Charlotte Snelling explained the issues found in the UK Electoral Commission’s research on under-registration and the proposed areas of activity to encourage engagement and maximise registration.

 • Confirmation dry run (looks at match rates and areas where more green/more red matches etc., and also survey results from the electoral services staff going through the process.

Data matching pilots

Analysis of under-registered groups and drivers of LA registration rates

 • Under-registered groups

N.B.  Cabinet Office also commissioned some research looking at barriers to registrations amongst URGs and also the transition to IER

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Charlotte Snelling (Cabinet Office) speaks about maximising registration for IER

The challenges facing Manchester City Council were described by Lesley Spencer while Peter Richards detailed how the Council is using communications to promote proposed activities in the IER process.

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Lesley Spencer (Manchester CC) describes the IER experience in Manchester

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Peter Richards (Manchester CC) reports on how Manchester is using communications in the IER process

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