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 www.census.gov.uk and follow the on-screen instructions.
For help filling out the forms visit the census website or call 0300 020 1101