2014 Report details for project: Electoral Registration Transformation Programme

Project name: Electoral Registration Transformation Programme - there are 4 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: CO (D2) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Electoral Registration Transformation Programme will speed up implementation of the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) to tackle electoral fraud and improve the integrity of the electoral register. This will include legislation to bring forward implementation of compulsory IER to 2014, ahead of the next general election. Instead of one person filling in the annual registration form and including everyone's details, individuals will be expected to complete their own details and give supporting information - i.e. a national insurance number. There will be an element of 'confirmation' during the transition stage. Ensuring that the electoral register is as full as possible (i) will lead to increased democratic participation; (ii) gives a “voice” to local people leading to a legitimate political mandate; (iii) assists local people by supporting identification and residence, and (iv) is used as a basis for the collection of national statistics.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The programme has made good progress, particularly in regard to benefits realisation. The critical components of the digital service have been built, including the online application, local authority EMS functionality, DWP matching capability, secure transfer methodology between local authorities and the IER Digital Service. A plan for live service support has been adopted and is being delivered. The forms for IER have been designated and hardware requirements to support them identified and payments to local authorities for these are underway. The programme is on track for 'go-live' in June 2014. While a number of issues and risks exist, these are being actively managed and do not pose any major risk to successful delivery of the programme.
Start date: 2010-02-01
End date: 2016-01-01
Schedule text: During this period some individual milestones have deviated slightly from the original schedule but the programme's critical milestones, overall timescale and original delivery dates remain on track.
Baseline: £26.05m
Forecast: £26.05m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: N/A variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £170.92m
WLCost text: The programme is scheduled to close 01/01/2016, so the budget spans the CSR 2010 period and FY 15/16 only. FY 2013/14 will be key for the transition to IER therefore Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) needed to change the processes that are currently in place and the new process of confirmation will be tested in all local authorities in Great Britain for the first time. As all EROs will have to manage this change successfully in order to meet their legal responsibilities funding (RDEL) was therefore made available to prepare for the transition to IER. The remaining of the budget relates to programme staffing. CDEL for FY 2013/14 relates to the Digital project which is responsible for the delivery of the IT and Digital services. Once the asset is built this will enable and support the steady state running of the new service including: (I) the making of digital and non-digital applications (ii) the verification of applications using data provided by applicants against data held by the Department for Work and Pensions (confirmation only) (iii) the secure transfer of data across the system. FY 2014/15 budget is substantially increased because this is when IER goes live across England and Wales, Scotland. Successfully completing the implementation of IER requires £65.5m which will allow the CO delivering against the four ERTP programme objectives (I) Improve the completeness and accuracy of the electoral register (ii) Tackle fraud and increase public confidence in the register (iii) Increase the registration of people historically and prospectively (under IER) under registered; and (iv) Provide greater citizen choice around how they register. The budgets and forecast are robust and accurate. FY15/16 and beyond need some further work to confirm validity when we have more evidence after the transition to IER is complete
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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