No politics here – but don’t forget to register and Use Your Vote

We’ve been a bit quiet recently – mainly because so much of the discussion around money and debt has been politically weighted in the run up to the election.

We try to stay balanced here, because we know that unmanageable debt is no respecter of status, potential income or political view.   So we have not been sharing reports and information as we normally do, since understandably so much of the recent news has been designed to sway voters one way or the other.

But there is one thing we would like to say ahead of the election, and that is Use Your Vote.

If you have not already registered to vote, Monday 20 April is the final day for doing so.  It will take five minutes, and you will need your national insurance number (if you have one).

Go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

If you want a postal vote, you will have to be quick - the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April. 

You have to register to vote first, then go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/postal-vote-application.

If you find you don’t have time to post your application, you can deliver it by hand to your electoral office (the website will give you the address) or you can scan the form and email it – again, details are on the form.

All the main parties have comprehensive websites, and the BBC has a manifesto policy guide so you can click on issues which interest you and see what the parties say about each of them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide

Most media websites will have links to help you find the candidates in your constituency: try your local paper’s site, or put your postcode into the BBC’s constituency finder:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies

Making a choice can be daunting in the face of so much media coverage – it’s a brave, dedicated person who has sat all the way through the leadership debates on TV so far, for example. But if you chose a website that you trust , there will be summaries on a range of topics to help you find your way.

The important thing at the moment, though, is to make sure you are registered to vote.  Because if you don’t register, you can't vote; and if you don’t vote, then someone else is deciding your future for you.