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Monitoring the change to individual electoral registration

On this page you can find out how we will be monitoring the change to individual electoral registration (IER) in Great Britain.

Latest updates

We have recommended since 2003 that Great Britain should move to a system of individual electoral registration. In January 2013 the UK Parliament passed legislation to move to individual electoral registration in Great Britain from 2014 to 2015.

Individual electoral registration was introduced in England and Wales in June 2014 and in Scotland in September 2014.  

Read more about our work monitoring IER (PDF)

So far during the transition to IER, we have reported on: 

  • July 2014 – baseline assessment of the accuracy and completeness of the registers
  • October 2014 – assessment of the confirmation process in England and Wales (data from Scotland will be available from November 2014)
  • February 2015 – assessment of the write out to electors ahead of the publication of the December 2014 registers in England and Wales (an assessment for Scotland will be available in April 2015)

We plan to report further at the following points:

  • June 2015 - assessment of the effectiveness of the transition up to that point to inform a Ministerial decision on whether the transition end date should be December 2015 or December 2016.

Reports and data

Further reports on electoral registration, including our evaluations of data matching pilot schemes can be found here.

IER rules and legislation

The rules to support the change to IER have been published and agreed by the UK Parliament.

Electoral registration