2015 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: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Electoral Registration Transformation Programme was set up to deliver Individual Electoral Registration (IER) in England, Wales and Scotland ahead of the 2015 General Election. Instead of one person filling in the annual registration form and including everyone's details, individuals are expected to complete their own details and give supporting information, i.e. a national insurance number and date of birth. At the same time as the move to IER, online registration was made available to make it faster and more accessible. During the transisition stage the vast majority of current electors (87%) were automatically confirmed on the register by data matching with other public sector data. The programme aims to tackle electoral fraud and improve the integrity and completeness of the electoral register.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: Individual Electoral Registration (IER) went live on schedule in England and Wales in June 2014 and in Scotland in September 2014. The IER Digital Service is performing extremely well and 87% of existing electors were confirmed on the new Register without having to take any action. In excess of 9 million applications to register to vote were received prior to the 2015 General Election registration deadline, and 77% of these were online. An IER Support Centre has been established to manage and support the IER live service, and training, help and advice have been provided to Local Authorities as necessary. The programme is now focussed on (i) the realisation of operational efficiencies and opportunities for maximising the completeness and accuracy of the Register, and (ii) planning for a controlled and effective transition to business as usual.
Start date: 2010-02-01
End date: 2016-03-31
Schedule text: During this period some individual minor milestones have deviated slightly from the original schedule, but the programme's critical milestones, overall timescale and original delivery dates remain on track.
Baseline: £65.50m
Forecast: £65.50m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £173.65m
WLCost text: The whole life cycle is the Spending Review (SR) 2010 period and 2015/16 to 2018/19. Financial Year 2013/14 tested the process of confirmation in all local authorities in Great Britain for the first time and funding was made available to prepare for the transition to IER so that Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) could manage this change successfully in order to meet their legal responsibilities. Capital Expenditure for 2013/14 relates to the Digital project which was responsible for the delivery of the IT and Digital services. The budget was substantially higher for the financial year 2014/15 because this is when IER went live across England, Wales and Scotland. Successfully completing the transition of IER required £65.5m which will allow the Cabinet Office to deliver 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. A significant portion of this funding was contingency, to deal with uncertainty in how a new system will operate in a live environment; actual expenditure has come in well within tolerance. The budgets and forecast are robust and accurate. The programme has a budget in FY15/16 to complete the transition to IER.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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