People with autism and learning difficulties given help to vote in Sheffield

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People with autism and learning difficulties in Sheffield are being supported to register to vote ahead of this year’s general election.

Care provider Dimensions is opening up its office in Woodhouse on Thursday, February 5 – National Voter Registration Day.

Staff will be on hand to help with the easy online registration process and can also check if someone is already registered to vote.

Love Your Vote was launched with the Houses of Parliament outreach service in 2013 after Dimensions found that less than 10 per cent of people it supports had voted in the previous election.

Steve Scown, chief executive of Dimensions, said: “It is scandalous that so few people with autism and learning disabilities are registered to vote.

“The Dimensions Love your Vote campaign aims to support this million-strong community to raise their voice and influence the democratic process. We urge everyone who supports someone with autism and learning disabilities, whether or not they are part of Dimensions, to help them register to vote.”

The Dimensions office at Churchill House, Meetinghouse Lane, Woodhouse, will be open between 9am and 5pm.