Filling out the census on a phone

Residents in Lichfield and Burntwood are being encouraged to complete the census.

The once in a decade survey is being carried out to provide information about the population across England and Wales.

It includes questions about age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

Census Day is on 21st March, but households will now be receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms.

Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, said:

“I really encourage everyone to take part in Census 2021.

“It will lay the foundations for future projects and funding across Lichfield district and it really important for all our local homes and residents to be counted.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

The census must be completed by law – those who do not, or supply false information, could be fined up to £1,000.

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  1. “A poll conducted by YouGov in March 2011 on behalf of Humanists UK confirms the way in which the Census question in England and Wales encourages people to say that they belong to a religion, even if they do not actually hold religious beliefs. In the YouGov poll, 61% of respondents in England and Wales ticked a religious box when asked ‘What is your religion?’ (53.48% said they were Christian, and 7.22% said that they belonged to other faiths), while 39% ticked ‘No religion’. However, when the same set of respondents were asked the follow-up question ‘Are you religious?’, only 29% said ‘Yes’, while 65% said ‘No’.”…… I recently attempted to complete a survey with a person from the NOS. I found some of the questions really confusing. Two questions in particular. One question asked was I happy and can I give my happiness a score from 1-10? ( it depends upon whether you mean Absolute Happiness or Relative Happiness I said). The second question about what religion I am. It was suggested I answer off the of my head rather than think about it hahaha. I think the above quote describes the predicament of such a question. Shall have to wait to see the Census I guess.

  2. Makes me laugh the purpose is to build a picture of our local requirements ?…doctors etc… So what has happened after the last census ?, more doctors ? better roads etc the list goes on.
    This is a complete waste of money and achieves nothing for the public, have you tried getting to see your doctor recently ? have you seen the state of our roads…..

  3. @Mr. Wright, I agree. It is a farce and waste of public money. The ONS (not NOS, a typing error in my previous comment) doing the census is a Dept based in Portsmouth the one that contacted me for the survey a couple of weeks ago. The person I spoke with in regard to the question about religion, told me, “answer off the top of your head. Don’t think about it”. What!!!! There was also another question about my sexual orientation? The thing is anyone could answer these questions any which way they want. Who is to know. (My query on the question about Happiness, how do I answer such a simplistic question? Absolute if I am religious spiritual type? or Relative if I care to think about others around who are say homeless, suffering poverty, refugees. Yes a complete waste of time and money. But what will it really be used for. That is the question.

  4. Yes, it’s never going to be perfect, and there will be questions that can be a bit irritating, but the census is still the basis of nearly all population estimates used by national and local government.

    That doesn’t mean that everything will be planned well, or that resources are automatically available to meet needs identified. But I do promise you that if public services tried to plan to meet population needs on pure guesswork about population numbers and demographics it would be SO much worse…

  5. Just an additional comment – Megan, whilst I can totally empathise on a personal level about irritatingly ambiguous questions – it does start to even itself out when the numbers of people answering goes up. Despite the ambiguity of the question, if you find the self reported happiness of people in an area is significantly different to another, or if you find that the average value is much higher (or lower) than it was 10 years ago, that can be really valuable information.

  6. I suppose there is a need if planning to be able to assess future need and demand. Especially for the Government who do need to plan ahead in order to make constructive decisions. I have to admit also that I myself have advised people, especially in my own family, when considering doing something or other not to cancel out that first positive thought with a second negative thought otherwise you might never do anything. Speaking from experience here.

  7. I cannot believe there is even criticism of the Census or doubts about completing it. What is wrong with people!

    The information gathered by the Census is very important and is used to determine many of the services we rely on.
    So there should be no dithering about on whether everyone should fill this year’s forms out, either online or in printed format.

    The fact that councils and Governments do not use the information gathered by the Census properly is not the fault of the ONS. It is the fault of the elected representatives of those councils or Governments.

    So the conclusion is simple – fill it out the Census properly and in full, then vote wisely at the next election and choose candidates for the quality of their campaign not the colour of their rosette.

  8. To the full stop person – All information is useful when planning all services.

    What I find strange is what we are constantly told that different sections of society – race, gender, sexual predilection etc – is so under-represented that it is a disgrace. Now people think its disgraceful when asked for such details in order to address these so-called failings.

    You cannot have it both ways, whatever your particular interest or predilection.

    Either you want to be considered on the basis or your race, gender etc or you do not. Make up your minds.

  9. Megan – I am confused, as my comment was also in response to your previous statement that the ONS Census is a “farce and a waste of time” and casting doubt on what the information will be used for.

    Why make that comment in the first place if you then choose to applaud my comment that is criticising your ill-informed rambling?

  10. It’s very much more complex Barry. A geneticist once said that the passport application form has two boxes; are you male or female? He said it would be more appropriate if there were about ten boxes. Likewise with race and ethnicity. Some schools in London say they have to manage two hundred languages or more. Black or White doesn’t cover it. Much has changed since the last census. How a true or meaningful picture can be compiled from the statistics is beyond me. One thing for sure is that 74+ million people is a lot. Dose anyone have any idea what figure represents a final sustainable population?

  11. I find it laughable that people are so concerned about the information they are being asked to reveal in the census.

    I wonder how many of these concerned citizens have social media accounts and happily access apps and websites which harvest all sorts of information, often sensitive data, which they do not apparently care two hoots about giving away? Also, how willing are these same people to tell the world and his wife about every aspect of their life and beliefs yet balk at answering basic census questions?

    It reminds me of the parable of the one-eyed goat herder who involved himself with the business of every other person in the village in the most tiny detail and then realised all his goats had been taken away from him as he neglected his own responsibilities. I’ve no doubt Megan will agree with that analogy.

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