|Editor: "Very easy to complete online. All you require is the hard copy of the Census, which I received on Monday 7th March, connect to Census 2011 website, use "Your personal internet access code" and away you go! The only problem I encountered, and have raised with the local conatct for Census 2011, is the printing of the final page with the reference number: it prints blank at the moment. Therefore keep a hand record of the reference number before signing out!"|
Help tomorrow take shape
2011 Census coming to a letterbox near you!
On 27 March 2011 all residential households in the United Kingdom will be taking part in a census. Since 1801 a day has been chosen every ten years for this purpose (except in 1941 during the war). The census provides an excellent source of information about the population. This enables central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to identify need for housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.
Did you know that supermarkets use census statistics to work out the kind of foods they need to sell to keep local communities stocked up with their favourites? Water companies use the census data to plan the pipes for clean and waste water – to make sure there’s enough for everyone. Fire brigades and the police use census data to help communities, putting fire alarms and crime prevention measures in specific areas. The benefits are far reaching.
The census statistics also feed into the allocation of funding for local authorities and play a major part in identifying need for local services in communities, so it is crucial the population estimate is as accurate as possible. When the questionnaire envelope comes through the door you’ll easily recognise it by the purple 2011 Census logo. Take care of it. If, like many people, you want to complete the questionnaire online, your individual internet code is on the front of the questionnaire, and this code will be required for access to your questionnaire online.
The 2011 Census doesn’t want anyone to fall behind – so there is a wide range of help options available (such as language guidance booklets, large print format, Text Relay and census field staff on hand, as well as online help and telephone call centres).
More information about the 2011 Census can be found at: www.census.gov.uk