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Census: Can you fill it?

On 9 Mar 2011 at 9:01pm MC wrote:
I'm trying to fill out the census online but am having lots of problems. I am a company director but somehow answering the questions correctly gets me into a loop that I can't seem to get out of. The result: I've just given up filling in the census.

I am very much in favour in the census and think that it is instrumental in understanding the demographics of our population throughout the age, but if I can't fill it in online and give up then others will and it becomes non-representative and pretty useless.... or worse still, mis-representative.
On 9 Mar 2011 at 9:06pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
I thought it was funny that they wanted to know the marital status of my 5 year old and what language my 1 year old speaks!!! Is goo goo gaa gaa a language?
On 9 Mar 2011 at 9:41pm MC wrote:
And Welsh stuff takes up as much space. Threre's no Welsh speakers thst's can't speak English.
Cost for this stupidly pointless translation bureaucracy?
On 10 Mar 2011 at 8:54am Vesbod wrote:
Just get on with it will you !!
On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:06am 'ere be monsters wrote:
MC it's a legal requirement to fill it in, you have no choice if you wish to avoid getting yourself into trouble.
On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:06am jrsussex wrote:
I shall use the old fashioned method, fill it in and post it.
On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:09am Don't do it! wrote:
Last time, over a million people didn't fill it out. Only 68 got prosecuted. Odds are in favour of those wanted to save their privacy. US company in charge of the census data collection, US typically has no love for privacy of data. Unfortunately the company will get paid no matter what (£240 million apparently) - watch this:

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On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:12am 'ere be monsters wrote:
MC. I've just looked at the front page of my census form. It says "Please complete your census questionnaire on 27 March 2011, or as soon as possible afterwards". Perhaps the problem is you're trying to fill it in early.
On 10 Mar 2011 at 11:24am Rods Tiger wrote:
EBM - Exactly !!
On 10 Mar 2011 at 9:32pm lolly wrote:
As of the last census just fillout the bits you want to.
On 11 Mar 2011 at 8:20am stevied wrote:
As always the ones that moan and don't complete it will be the ones that moan about not getting the right local services and ammenities. Hey, do you think there might be a connection between resident's details and the services that a council/government provides?
On 11 Mar 2011 at 9:20am jrsussex wrote:
The point is there is little, if anything, about our personal details that are not known to all and sundry now. You will be aware that nowadays you only have to give your post code and when that is entered into the computer up comes your life story, which is why I am happy to complate the census form. What is important, and why people should complete it, is that we need to know what the population is and other similar facts if we expect government, local authorities etc to provide for our needs in the future.
I have never understood the objections to a census. Stevied's comments above sum it up.
On 11 Mar 2011 at 10:51pm MC wrote:
You'd think that the online census site might mention you shouldn't fill it in till the 27th:

Personally i don't have a lot of faith in the Governments online forms (or virtually any Govt initiated IT based projects in fact). I'll lay bets that on the 27th it's not available or it's too slow to bother with.
On 12 Mar 2011 at 8:40am Roly Mo wrote:
I filled it in on the day I received it, not even noticing the date. It let me fill it in, no problem.
On 27 Mar 2011 at 12:49pm Joe wrote:
So if its all about providing services in the uk why are they no questions on Disability ?. I would assume that was the most important question in a form that is meant for providing local services.
Why is there a question if you are not a practicing Christian dont tick box but does not have the same for other faiths, is this designed to show that due to the 2011 census that Christianity is not the main faith in the uk.
Yeah they need your details alright to sell to the junk mail industry.
On 30 Mar 2011 at 9:42pm Michelle wrote:
The details dont get passed on to any government authority as by the time information/statistics are formed, the personal aspects ie names, are stripped and the information is statistical ie "how many 1 parent families live in xxxx", "what is the main religion of xxxx community". There are questions on disability, these are covered by the work question as "off work ill/disabled" was an option, as is "do you have a health problem that impedes your day to day life that is due to last longer than 12 months" - this accounts for disability either mental or physical. As to whether you are practising religion or not is for you to choose - ie if you pray every day but dont attend church, you could say you still "practice" as opposed to those officially "christened" as a child who have no interest in religion. There are flaws in the form but as one form standardised for all, I think it covers most bases.

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