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Register to vote clinics

Register to vote clinics

The current government set themselves the target of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eradicating it entirely by 2027. However, welfare reforms and benefit cuts since imposed are arguably the main culprits for the ever-increasing rates of rough sleeping.

With rough sleeping being just the most visual end of homelessness, something needs to change. Rents are far too high, and the level of the lowest incomes set by government too low.

Homeless people, including those in temporary accommodation, represent one of the groups most heavily impacted by these cuts. With a predicted 320,000 people rough sleeping and/or living in temporary accommodation in England, this group has the power to influence society. However, statistics from 2017 suggest that only around 2% of individuals without a fixed address are registered to vote.

Their voice needs to be heard.

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote in the UK if you are:

  • resident (usually live in the UK), and
  • aged 16 or over, but you will not be able to vote until you are 18 (except in Scotland, where the voting age will be 16 in some elections).
  • You must also be either:
    • a British or Irish citizen; or
    • a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK; or
    • an EU citizen.

You CAN register to vote if you are homeless or in temporary accommodation. To register, you are required to fill in a ‘Declaration of local connection’. This makes the registration process more complicated and can be off-putting. Therefore, following the recent announcement of the general election on the 12th December, NeuroTriage is proposing a series ‘Register to Vote Clinics’ where computer access, assistance and information will be provided to guide people through the registration and voting process.

Why vote?

  • It's your chance to make your voice heard about important issues.
  • Politicians are far more likely to listen to you if you can vote them in or out.
  • Politicians, including MPs and councillors, represent your local area and have the power to change things

(Crisis, 2019)

Useful resources

To vote in this general election you must be registered to vote by 25th November 2019.

To register to vote online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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