Residents reminded to respond to their Household Enquiry letter

Released on September 9, 2018

Residents who haven’t responded to their ‘Household Enquiry’ letter are being urged to do so as soon as possible.

Last month, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent a letter to all homes across the two districts requiring people to confirm who currently lives in their property.

The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in future elections, including the district, town and parish elections happening in May 2019.  So far more than 87,000 properties have responded.

The councils are now sending out yellow and white reminder letters (yellow if the property is occupied; white if currently flagged up as unoccupied) to roughly 34,000 homes they are yet to hear from.  

As soon as people get their reminder letter, or if they can find the original letter, they should visit to confirm their details are correct or, if not, provide the correct information.  You will need the codes on the letter to do this.

Important – by law, each household must confirm their details, even if they are correct.  Anyone who fails to do so could be fined up to £1,000.

Residents who do not have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form that comes with the letter or calling the elections team at the council. If your details are correct you can confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.

If a household hasn’t confirmed their details by 7 October they will receive a visit from a council officer to confirm the details.

Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said: “We had a great response to our first letter.  However, there’s a significant number of homes we still haven’t heard from.  If you are yet to respond please confirm or update your details as soon as possible. 

“If you respond immediately you will avoid receiving a visit to your property.  The easiest way to confirm your details is by doing it online, it really is very quick and easy to do.  By law you must do this, even if all the information is correct.”