2011 Census – One month to go!

Plans are now well under way for the forthcoming Census Day, which takes place on Sunday 27th March 2011.

The Office for National Statistics (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.

The national marketing and promotions campaign – organised by ONS – started last week, including TV peaktime advertising, posters in key sites around the country, a roadshow touring the country providing help and guidance, and newspaper and magazine articles and advertisements.

The Census forms start to get posted out over the next ten days, the interactive form website gets launched on the 4th March, as does the ONS telephone helpline. 

In Warwickshire we are supplementing the national marketing campaign with some locally based support and guidance. This will be centred around our library network across the County, and the exact dates and times of when and where support is available will be posted on the County Council’s website once the final details have been sorted; www.warwickshire.gov.uk

For further details about the Census, including why we need a Census, why its important for public services locally, what is in the questionnaire, and how your data is used and protected, take a look at the ONS website; www.census.gov.uk

And we’ll blog further news as we closer to 27th March!

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