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A census of population is conducted every 10 years and is a
vital source of information about the distribution and condition of
the population of the United Kingdom.
The 2011 Census
On Sunday, 27 March 2011, the
2011 census took place to capture a snapshot of society in
England and Wales. It asks a variety of questions in relation
to work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background,
education, language, religion and so on.
This information will enable the Office for National Statistics
to produce population estimates which your Local Authority relies
on to receive government funding.
The amount of funding they receive is directly linked to the
amount of people living in the area and therefore by completing the
census you can make a big difference to the services your local
authority provides. The information you provide enables your
local authority to make decisions on housing, education,
transport and health and those decisions will benefit you and
your own local community.
Everything you tell us is strictly confidential and the
information you provide is not shared or seen by any other local or
national government body.
The 2001 census
The last census day was 29 April 2001. The Office for National
Statistics (ONS) released the first results on 30 September 2002.
Access to the main results of the census general statistical
information is available free and use is unrestricted. This is a
major change from previous censuses and reflects wider policies on
government information. Information on individuals is only
available after 100 years, however.
The population counts from this census formed the basis for
key decisions over the last eight years. The first release of data
detailed the age and gender characteristics of the resident
population on a national, constituent local authority district and
unitary authority level. More data is available from the
Office for National Statistics.
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