The latest census is coming and I’m using this week’s blog to urge people to fill it in. It only comes around once every decade with the next one in England and Wales due to take place next March, so when it arrives people really need to reply straight away.
To us at the council it’s much more important than simply telling the Office of National Statistics how many people live in Tameside. The Revenue Support Grant we get from central government is based on the number of residents taken from the census, which means the higher the number of residents who fill it in and send it back, the higher the grant. Obviously in the current economic climate, every single penny we get from government is going to be crucial for us as we move forward.
There have been plenty of changes since the last one in 2001; not least the way they are delivered. Last time all forms were hand delivered whereas this time around the majority of the census forms will be posted out with a small proportion hand delivered.
I hope I’ve impressed upon readers the importance of filling in the census so like I said at the start I would urge everyone to fill it in and send it back as quickly as they can.