December 8 2013 Latest news:
Jane Ball, Reporter
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Electoral registration forms will be dropping through the letterboxes of homes across the borough in the next few weeks.
But in a battle against junk mail and uninvited marketing calls, Residents’ Association leader Cllr Clarence Barrett is urging residents to double-check whether or not they have given permission for their personal details to be sold.
While the register contains personal details of all residents, there are two versions – the full one, which is used for official purposes, and the edited version, which can be sold to anyone for any purpose, potentially leading to increases in junk mail and uninvited marketing calls to residents.
However, unlike with standard marketing campaigns, inclusion on the edited version is automatic unless the householder ticks a box on the form to opt out.
Cllr Barrett said: “On current figures, only 27.2 per cent of registered electors chose to opt out. That leaves some 66,000 properties in Havering which are on the edited register.
“Ideally, I would like to reverse the option for opting out to a preference for opting in. In the meantime I would advise all residents to check their forms so that the option to opt out of the edited register is not overlooked.”
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.