51% of Epping Forest district households have responded to the annual canvass so far, that’s 28,600 household Enquiry Forms (HEF) in total, 20,000 were received online, by text and by phone!
Do it online, it’s easier & cheaper
”Responding online, by text or by phone is by far the quickest and simplest way for you to respond and it’s also the cheapest, which helps us keep our costs down” explained Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer for Epping Forest District Council.
”We still have 27,600 households to go, so we will be doing really well if we can keep up this good rate of automated responses before our deadline of 23 August 2017.”
What is a HEF?
Every year we have to send out a household enquiry form (HEF) to update the register of electors and find out if there have been any changes. Don’t ignore it, please respond immediately.
This is known as the annual canvass. It tells us details of people who have moved out and adds details of new occupants. You must respond, even if your details haven’t changed and even you voted in May and/or June this year.
No changes, all details are the same
You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 3 options
- Confirm online at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
- Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
- Call 0800 197 9871 to confirm
If there are changes
You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 2 options.
- Amend the information online easily and quickly at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
- Amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries
Remember – the HEF is only an enquiry form.
If you are adding new names in your response to the HEF, you need to complete the registration process at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to add those people to the register.
For this, you will need your date of birth, national insurance number, nationality and any previous address.
Please also make sure you include a contact phone number and/or email address in case of queries.
Make sure you can vote
Glen Chipp added: “People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax or receiving Housing Benefit but that’s not the case. Not being on the register of electors can affect your credit rating and therefore you might have difficulty opening a bank account, getting credit, a loan, a mortgage or even a mobile phone!”
“Don’t ignore your HEF, by law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately, by 23 August 2017 at the very latest.”