Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 23rd February 2011
The 2011 Census: what it means for your community
In March and April, 35,000 census field staff will be taking to the streets to offer assistance to, and collect questionnaires from, residential households and communal establishments in your community. They will be working for the Office for National Statistics which runs the 2011 Census in England and Wales.
The Office for National Statistics, are sending a census questionnaire to every household to arrive in mid-March. Householders can complete online or return their paper questionnaire via prepaid post. They have an address register which lists all households. Completing a census questionnaire is compulsory, the few who refuse may be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000, but this is a last resort.
The census field operation runs from March to August
Census day is on Sunday 27 March 2011, although people can complete their questionnaires before, on or after that date.
Identifying census field staff
Census field staff will always carry their photo ID, bearing the 2011 Census and ONS logos, and they should automatically show it to residents. Staff will do everything they can to reassure people and will not try to prevent anyone from checking their identity.
When they visit an address, collectors will introduce themselves, show a census ID card, and explain they are from the census. Their primary aim is to take a completed census questionnaire away with them. They may also ask for the name of the person they are speaking to, whether that person is usually resident there and for the number of usual residents.
Collectors should never enter the household unless they are asked to do so. Collectors may need to make several visits to the same address to make sure a questionnaire is returned.
Author: Neighbourhood Watch
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