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Nine days to fill out your 2011 census

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Nine days to fill out your 2011 census

You should have filled out your census questionnaire on Sunday (March 27).

If you haven’t done it yet then you still have nine days to complete the once-in-a-decade survey which paints a picture of the nation and helps government and councils decide on future spending priorities and services.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is running the mammoth survey and collects the information used for a fairer future.

The census deadline is April 6 and those who have failed to fill it out online or send it back in the post will get a visit from one of 35,000 census collectors nationwide.

Collectors will offer help and advice to those who have had difficulty filling in their census forms and will supply replacement questionnaires if they have been lost or damaged.

Crawley people who need help filling in their surveys can also drop-in to a number of census sessions around the town; Wednesday (March 30) from 11am to 1pm at Age UK in Shackleton Rd, Tilgate; Friday (April 1) at Crawley Library, 9-5pm; Friday at Langley Green Community Centre (polish event), 12-6pm; and Saturday (April 2) at Broadfield Library, 10am to 2pm.

The data collected by the census is very important to central and local government.

The way Crawley has changed over the last 10 years could make a difference to how much money the government thinks the town needs, possibly resulting in improved services.

It should only take about 10 minutes to fill out each person’s details which will be kept securely for 100 years.

Although you’ve got your paper questionnaire, 2011 is the first time the census can be filled out online, making the process even easier.

Your personal internet access code is printed on the front of your form and you’ll need this to sign-in and complete your questionnaire online.

The code acts like your password and you’ll need to use it every time you log in.

The information you provide must be relevant to your household on census day which was March 27.

Simply visit and follow the on-screen instructions.

For help filling out the forms visit the census website or call 0300 020 1101

Why The Census Makes Sense

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Why The Census Makes Sense

It’s one of the most important forms you will ever fill in – that’s the message from West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources as the 2011 Census approaches.

Michael Brown said the County Council was working with the Office for National Statistics (OSN) to make people more aware of how their information will help shape key front-line services in the future.

The census on March 27 will provide a unique snapshot of the UK as well as our own county.

The benefits of the 10-year survey are far reaching

Michael said: “For example, the findings will help central government decide on what level of grants West Sussex should get to help pay for services needed by our most vulnerable residents, young and old.

“It will also help identify and plan future needs for everything from roads and public transport to health services, providing for people with disabilities, school places, and housing.”

Michael says making sure there is the best possible response is ‘crucial.’

He added: “It really is in everyone’s interest to complete the questionnaire because the services we all rely on do depend on the information.”

For most people, the census will be easier than ever because for the first time it can also be completed online.

The 2011 Census has already helped create around 1,000 part-time jobs in West Sussex ranging from census collectors, some of whom can provide advice and support on the doorstep, and others who will be responsible for communal buildings such as care homes.

In addition, there will be lots of information available to help those who need it, including large-print booklets, guides in over 50 languages, online help and a telephone helpline.

All the households – and people – in the UK must complete the census, but any personal information is kept confidential for 100 years and all the data collected is securely protected.

Michael said: “Residents should watch out for their census form which will have a distinctive purple logo. They will start dropping through letterboxes in early March.”

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