Sunday 27 March 2011 is census day – the day that everyone in the England and Wales will be asked a bit about themselves.
During March every household in England and Wales will receive a census form and there are really important reasons why we need you to fill it in. The information you provide on your form will be used to plan a wide range of public services that are used by you and members of our community, including:
- Schools: for children growing up now and in the future
- Social housing: for families who need an affordable place to live
- Transport: to and from work, and for going out and about in the area
- Healthcare: facilities that everyone can access easily
- Training: for people who want to learn new skills
It’s vital that these services and more are accessible to all people and reflect the cultural diversity and a broad mix of ages and lifestyles in our community. The information you provide on your census form will help make sure that the needs of our community are understood by our local authority and that the services that they provide meet our needs.
The census will ask about work, health, national identity, education, language, religion, whether you are married and so on. This information helps the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce population estimates. These estimates are used to calculate the amount of Government funding the council receives and will help decide how best to plan and deliver the everyday services we all need.
We want to make sure the 2011 Census reflects the needs of all the people who live in our community – and we need your help to do that. Please put Sunday 27 March 2011 in your diary and when you receive your census questionnaire take the time to fill it in.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk