Do not neglect your Vote
Avoid the rush to update your registration details just before an election – keep your registration up to date all year round. If you have moved house or want to change your voting arrangements – in person, by post or by proxy, click on this message for a link to forms for completion.(Posted 18th May 2010)
Make Sure You Have Your Say In May
The General Election will take place on 6 May 2010. If you are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen aged 18 or older on 6 May you are entitled to vote, but only if your name is on the electoral register. Households are required to complete a registration form each autumn but if you have not registered, you have until 5pm on 20 April to register. Click <<here>> for a form.
All completed forms must be received in the Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2010. (Posted 7th April 2010).
New Revaluation Rateable Values are now effective from 1 April 2010 as part of the statutory 5 year cycle of Revaluations. Rateable values for properties in Grampian are available and can be checked by using the Rateable Value search facility above. Revaluation Notices confirming these values have been issued to owners and occupiers. The local councils that levy and collect non-domestic rates will be issuing rates bills to ratepayers during April and May. Summary valuations which provide details on the make-up of the rateable values are available for most shops, offices and industrial properties via the search facility above.(Posted 1st April 2010).
Register of Electors
The revised register, published on 1 December is available for inspection at the Electoral Registration Offices in Aberdeen, Banff and Elgin. Copies of registers will be distributed to libraries and council offices within the Grampian area during the coming fortnight and will be available for public inspection shortly thereafter.
If you are not on the register, you can apply to be added in the monthly updates by completing and returning a voter registration form.
35,000 postal vote application forms have been issued to electors who indicated that they would prefer to vote by post when they made their 2009 household return this autumn. If you receive a postal vote application form and still wish to vote by post in future elections, please complete and return it as soon as possible.
(Posted 8th Dec 2009)
Register of Electors
The deadline for returning annual canvass forms has now passed and the register is being compiled ready for publication on 1 December 2009.
If you have not returned your household canvass form, please contact us (01224 664848) as soon as possible and we will issue you with a fresh individual registration form that you can complete and return to us. Names can be added to the register on a monthly basis so you are not too late to ensure that you can vote in the General Election next year.(Posted 20th Nov 2009)
Electoral Canvass Reminder
Reminders have been issued to 70,000 households in the Grampian area who have not returned their voter registration forms. We are particularly keen to ensure as many returns as possible are made and any household that receives such a reminder is urged to make a return before the deadline of 12 November. Returns can be made by means of the Electoral Registration Officer’s dedicated freephone or internet registration service, as well as by post. Failure to make a return may mean that your name is removed from the register of electors.(Posted 3rd Nov 2009)
Apathy x 100,000?
Over 100,000 households in the Grampian area have not returned their voter registration forms despite the fact there is going to be a General Election before the middle of next year.
Electoral Registration Officer, Ian Milton is also concerned that under the rule that dictates that if a householder does not return a form for two consecutive years their name is removed from the Electoral Register, more than 30,000 electors in Grampian are in danger of being removed from the register before this December.
A second chance to ensure that voters are correctly registered is being offered to those 100,000 households when the Registration Officer posts a reminder to them this week. Householders should ensure that their details are accurate on the Electoral Register by completing and returning the form, or responding using the Registration Officer’s dedicated freephone or internet registration service.(Posted 30th Sept 2009)
From 1 September more than 250,000 households in Grampian will receive the annual electoral canvass form.
In most areas these will be delivered by post but in parts of Aberdeen door-to-door canvassers will call with a view to having the form completed on the doorstep. The canvassers will carry photographic ID cards and will be able to offer help to get the form completed.
Forms delivered by post can be completed and returned in the accompanying reply paid envelope. As an alternative, however, where the names printed on the form are correct, householders have the option to respond using the internet or a freephone number which is available 24 hours a day.
The new register will be in force for the 2010 General Election and every effort is being made to ensure it is completely up to date.
Householders are urged to make a return before 21 September 2009 to avoid unnecessary reminders being issued.(Posted 7th Sept 2009)
New Assessor & ERO Appointed
Sandy McConochie FRICS IRRV retired from the post of Assessor & ERO from Grampian Valuation Joint Board on 31 August 2009, after completing 42 years of service to local government. His successor is Ian H Milton BSc(Hons) FRICS IRRV AEA(Cert). Ian graduated from Aberdeen University in 1984 and joined the Assessor’s department in 1991, which at that time was part of the Grampian Regional Council. He was appointed Depute Assessor in 2000. (Posted 7th Sept 2009)
Interactive Services Extended
Each year the Grampian Assessor issues a Return of Information Form (formerly referred to as the “Annual Return”) to allow owners and tenants etc to update narrative information held in the Valuation Roll, give details of changes to properties and provide basic rental information. This year however it will be possible to make your return by using the Interactive Services menu on this website. The Return of Information Form option has been added to that menu and is now “live”. Returns for Grampian will be issued towards the end of April 2009 so why not respond on-line?
(Posted 20th April 2009)