Council Says Census Data Provides Useful Income

Sue Pritchard

The national census forms that we filled in earlier this year can bring money into our islands, according to Sue Pritchard who looks after elections at the Council.

Sue was responding to a comment by Councillor Richard McCarthy at the recent Policy and Resources Committee meeting. Richard suggested that her report, which claimed elections can add to our economy and help meet Town Hall targets for promoting healthy and inclusive communities, was stretching the point.

Sue disagreed, saying the electoral roll data can be sold on for activities such as mailing lists and provide an income for the Council. She also said participating in the democratic process gives islanders a voice.


4 Responses to Council Says Census Data Provides Useful Income

  1. Truan September 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Rich, that is why there are two versions of the electoral role. The full one that is used for elections is not for general sale and is only allowed to be used for very specific purposes, the other ‘edited’ one is available for sale. When you fill in the census form you indicate whether or not you wish to be included in the edited list or not.

  2. Rich September 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The “SALE” of the electoral role is surely a breach of human rights and may I inform Sue Pritchard that I do not want or consent to having my personal details “sold” in order to provide extra income for the council.

  3. Linda September 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Well said Richard, what our islands need are councillors who do actually voice opinions and question council staff. As for participating in the democratic process, really?.