12 March 2011
2011 all residential households in the UK will take part in a Census,
run by Office for National Statistics. A Census has been held every ten
years since 1801 (except in 1941 during the war). The Census provides an
excellent source of information about the population, and enables
central and local government, health authorities and many other
organisations to identify need for housing, education, health and
transport services for years to come.
The uses of
Census statistics are varied – from tracing our family trees, to being
used by supermarkets to determine where to site a new store and what
stock to sell! Here in New Ferry, for instance, our local Fire Brigade
and Police have used Census data to help our communities, putting home
safety fire checks, fire alarms and crime prevention measures in place.
The benefits are far reaching.
Census statistics also feed into the allocation of funding for local
authorities and play a major part in identifying need for local services
in communities, so it is crucial the population estimate is as accurate
as possible. It's compulsory to complete a Census return – we all need
to also make sure figures regarding our population and communities in
New Ferry are accurate, and that our local council can then consider
fully the services needed for our area.
If you need
help, please call Census Helpline on 0300 0201 101 or go online
www.2011.census.gov.uk, or contact our local Census Area
Coordinator for New Ferry, Gail Tanner, on 07557 190436