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The 2011 Census is coming ... 27th March 2010

Introduction

Help tomorrow take shape On 27 March 2011, the Census will take a snapshot of society in England and Wales. From 7th March a questionnaire will arrive in the post asking you about your household and all the people living there. Your household is one of around 25 million in England and Wales taking part.


The 2011 Census is all about numbers.

It asks about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, whether you are married and so on. This information helps the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce population estimates.

Why should this matter to you?

Hundreds of decisions are made based on census data, from the pipe networks needed to get fresh and waste water in and out of households and the number of school places needed, to the location of leisure centres and the type of products stocked on the shelves in local stores. Decisions which benefit you every day.

Census statistics feed into the amount of money the Councils of Sussex get allocated from central government.

So what do you need to do?

Simple. Just answer the questions.

You can complete your 2011 Census online, or complete the questionnaire by hand and post it back in the pre-paid envelope.

Everything in the census is strictly confidential. It will only be used to help build an accurate picture of the population so that public sector organisations and other users can plan their services and activities over the next ten years. Your questionnaire is turned into numbers by ONS and is never seen, or used, by any other local or national government body.

What help is available?

A range of accessible formats will be available to help those with sight, hearing, literacy, language and other difficulties to complete their census questionnaire. Guidance notes will be available in 57 languages. In addition there will be a telephone helpline and from 6th April Census Collectors will be visiting households who have not returned their form to assist if required.

For more information visit www.census.gov.uk/The-accessible-census

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The 2011 Census should reflect the needs of all the people who live in Sussex so when you get your questionnaire please take the time to fill it in. You'll need to complete on approximately 27 March 2011, even if you do it before, on or after census day it really is important that you are counted.

Please remember to do it as the few who don't could get fined up to £1,000.

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For more information visit www.census.gov.uk