2011 Census: 27 March 2011
Help tomorrow take shape
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a
census to find out more about the people who live in England and
Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.
The next census will take place on 27 March
2011. ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around 25
million households to complete, asking about work, health, national
identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes,
language, marital status and so on. The answers will be turned into
statistics used to build a picture of today’s society.
Why should this matter to you?
Like all local authorities in England and Wales, we rely on
census population statistics to identify local needs for public
services. Central government funding for these is directly related
to how many and what kind of people the census shows live in our
area. So even if the census were to end up just a few households
short, it could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The
census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why
everyone has to take part.
What will you need to do?
Simple. When the time comes, just answer a few questions about
yourself and the people that share your household with you on
census day, 27 March 2011. Whatever you tell the census will be in
strictest confidence and will only be used to produce statistics.
share your personal information with any other government
department or organisation.
You’ll be able to do it online. Or by post. But you must do it.
If you need help and advice, you will be able to find everything
you need online and on the census helpline from 4 March
The census needs everyone to take part in helping tomorrow take
shape – and this will be your chance to make a difference.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk
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Last Updated: 18.07.2013 at 17:10