You need to bring photographic ID to vote at polling stations for the local elections on 4 May 2023. For the first time, residents who are registered to vote across the country will be asked to show photo ID at the polling station before their ballot paper is issued. UK, Commonwealth and EEA passports and a range of other documents will be accepted. Visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id/accepted-forms-photo-id to see the full list.
Don’t have anything on the list? Don’t worry…
Anyone without an approved form of identification can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate free of charge from the Government website before 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023. For more information about voter ID or to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate visit www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate .
Voting by post
Please note that this does not affect postal voters – you do not need photographic ID if you vote by post. If you are going to be away on polling day or would prefer not to visit a polling station in person, you can apply to vote by post before 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023. You can download a form from www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/apply-vote-post .
Moved home recently?
To have your say on the 4 May visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register at your new address before midnight on Monday 17 April 2023. You should expect to receive your poll card for the local elections on or around the 30 March unless you apply closer to the deadline.
Say hello to a new Staying Well funded activity for men aimed to help them improve their physical and mental wellbeing. It is a 10 week programme run at OSCA Foundation, which includes football, tag rugby, dodgeball and circuit style activities. The sessions are delivered by Damian Gibson – a former Halifax RLFC, Leeds Rhinos and Wales superstar! For more information contact email@example.com or text on 07947827627.
The government has announced two new schemes available from February 2023, for those households who are not entitled to the £400 discount via the Energy Support Scheme. The first is a one-off payment of £400 for UK households who are not on a domestic electricity contract such as park home residents, households with a communal electricity supply, self-funded care home residents or houseboats, further information can be found here. The second is a one-off payment of £200 to UK households who are not on the mains gas grid and therefore use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, to heat their homes and further information on this can be found here.
Please share this information with friends and family who may be eligible.
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), (an integrated care system), was delighted to celebrate becoming the first Partnership of Sanctuary in the country. This is for going above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary into West Yorkshire.
To celebrate the occasion and find out more about what it means to be a Partnership of Sanctuary, dignitaries and other special guests including council leaders, people with lived experience and representatives from community organisations gathered at an event at The Art House in Wakefield on 16 March 2023.
The City of Sanctuary made the award following an assessment of the Partnership’s activities to provide safe, welcoming and accessible healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers.