Dear Sunderland City Council,

I am writing to ask how many households failed to respond to the Electoral Registration forms over the last two years (2015 & 2016). Out of those who failed to respond, how many were fined and how much was the average fine?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Scott

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

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Re: Your request for information concerning:


Electoral Registration Forms


The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any
event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to
consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.


I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.


Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this


Customer Request Number:  17-10-40








Lindsay Dixon, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Mr Scott,


I refer to your request for information regarding Electoral Registration.

As you may be aware, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any
person appointed under the Representation of the People Act, 1983, which
is the principle legislation governing elections and electoral
registration. Therefore, the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning
Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.  Notwithstanding that there
is no statutory obligation to provide this information please find below
the information requested.

In 2016 Households that did not respond to Household Enquiry form – 19,155

In 2015 Households that did not respond to Household Enquiry form – 27,508

No properties were fined in 2016 or 2015.

I hope this is satisfactory.  If, however, you are dissatisfied with our
response to your request for information, you can ask for the decision to
be reviewed in reply to this letter.  The review will be removed from the
Directorate and coordinated by the Council’s Information Governance
Officer.   A request for review should be directed, by email to
[1][Sunderland City Council request email], by post or by hand addressed to;
Information Governance Officer, Governance Services, Civic Centre, PO Box
100, Sunderland SR2 7DN.


You are of course entitled to apply to the Information Commissioner at any
time, although the Commissioner will not usually investigate until the
public authority’s internal review procedure has been concluded.

Yours sincerely


Lindsay Dixon AEA (Dip). 

Head of Electoral Services


Corporate Services Directorate

Sunderland City Council

Civic Centre




Telephone: 0191 561 1142

Email: [2][email address]





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