Over recent weeks, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council have sent out forms asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for that address is correct as part of the Council’s annual canvass of households. The aim is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
With important National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections taking place in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that they will be able to vote. New registers of the number of electors in each area will be published on 1st December 2015 and these registers will be used to possibly redraw constituency boundaries.
There is a fear that the Tories may try to gerrymander the boundaries to reduce the number of Labour representatives and make a Tory Government more likely in 2020. The number of electors in an area is also used to calculate how much Government funding is given to local councils to help deliver local services. Please check with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council or if you live in the Upper Rhymney valley with Caerphilly County Borough Council to make sure that you are registered to vote. You can also register registering online at: www.gov.uk/registertovote
Last week, I was privileged to attend Merthyr Tydfil College to speak with students and hold a Question & Answer session about the forthcoming referendum on our country remaining part of the European Union. Around 80 students took part from across the County Borough and displayed an impressive knowledge of the EU and a variety of other matters! In the coming months, it will be important for us all to recognise the benefits that the EU has brought to Merthyr Tydfil. The new college building itself is a great example of European funding helping to regenerate our community.
This article was originally published by the Merthyr Express and the Rhymney Valley Express. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised or would like to know more, feel free to contact Gerald using the contact tab above.