UK_polling_station_signJewish Care has issued guidance to its care home staff to help elderly residents register to vote ahead of the General Election in May.

Ahead of the registration cut-off date on 20 April, the charity told staff to “create opportunities to engage” such as by setting up a mock election or staging a pretend Prime Minister’s Question Time.

While 76 percent of over-65s voted in the last election, the figure fell dramatically when it came to older people living in residential care – a group researchers have described as “one of the most significant under-registered sections of our community”.

A spokeswoman said: “Home care and day centre staff can play pivotal roles in helping other older or vulnerable people to have their say, where they may struggle without support.”