DID you know there are local elections taking place this May in most areas of the UK?

You can register to vote at any time up until the registration deadline of 18 April 2016.

If you don’t vote, you don’t count. Wouldn’t you like to have your say on the NHS, schools, police and even local issues such as bin collections?

Former Royal Marine Lord Ashdown told AFF why it is particularly important for Service families to register: “Given the challenges which face our nation and our Armed Services, I suspect that no group in Britain has a greater interest in ensuring that we get the right kind of government, than our Service and veterans’ community,” he said.

“I remember as a Royal Marine that even in the thick of active service in the Far East, we went to some trouble to ensure that the chance to register and cast a vote was not missed.

“Please register now and cast your vote when the time comes. Your country needs you!”

Registration is quick and simple, even if you’re posted overseas. If you’re serving or married to a soldier, you can choose to register as Service voter. Find out more via this link.  

Improve your financial future

You may be interested to know that registering to vote can improve your credit rating. Banks, building societies, other lenders and even insurance companies regularly check the electoral roll when deciding whether to take you on as a customer.

Whoever you vote for, registering can improve your financial footprint.

How do I register?

To find out more about registering as a Service voter, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote-armed-forces

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