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Yellow letter: households must by law confirm their details

Last month South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent out yellow letters asking residents to confirm the details of the people living at each address.

The councils have had a great response so far with over 70 per cent of residents in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils completing their forms.

However, they still need to hear back from over 30,000 households on who is living at their property.  The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote can do so in future elections.

To help prompt people to send this information back the district councils have started to phone residents direct and are sending out reminder letters.  Residents will know when they receive the letter – it has both district council’s logo on the envelope with the letter on bright yellow paper.

Everyone is being encouraged to confirm their details now.  If households wait they are likely to receive a visit early next month.

Eric Batts, legal and democratic services cabinet member for Vale of White Horse District Council said, “We are grateful to all vale residents that have responded to their yellow letter.  We urge everyone to go online or complete their form and return to us as soon as possible.”

Elizabeth Gillespie, legal and democratic services cabinet member for South Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are very pleased to have had such a good response so far, for which we are very thankful.  We are hoping that the imminent reminder letter and telephone calls to those who have not yet replied will prompt completion of the process.”

Households must confirm their details, even if they haven’t changed. This is a legal requirement and by not responding it could lead to a £1,000 fine.

Where possible people can do online – it’s quicker and easier and saves time. Please visit www.householdresponse.com/southandvale and use the reference code included in the letter.

Communications

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

01235 422400

www.southoxon.gov.uk