Published On: Sat, Jan 10th, 2015 on 2:44 am

West Yorkshire to receive over £300,000 to encourage voting

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West Yorkshire is to receive over £300,000 from the government to help boost the number of people registering to vote.

Across the country, almost £10m will be given to local authorities and to national activity to boost voter participation.

This builds on the £4.2m allocated for the previous financial year and online registration, which has seen over four million people apply to be on the electoral register since it was introduced in June last year.

£6.8m has been allocated to local authorities so that they can expand their programmes of canvassing and other activities aimed at encouraging people in their areas to register to vote.

Up to £2.5m is to be used to fund wider activity, including working with national organisations to encourage groups who are not as well represented on the electoral register and an extra £500,000 will go towards efforts to boost confidence in the elections process.

Leeds has been allocated the highest sum in West Yorkshire of £129,509.

Bradford is to receive £80,959, Calderdale £29,593, Kirklees £44,453, and Wakefield will receive £27,416.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, a total of £639,108 has been allocated.

Cabinet Office Minister Sam Gyimah said: “The right to vote has been hard-won, and it is the duty of everyone in public life, including the government, to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to vote.

“Alongside the national activity we are supporting to reach under-registered groups, I am confident we will head into the next election the most accurate and complete electoral register possible.”

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