Hodge Hill residents- if your census didn’t land on your doormat yesterday, it probably will today, in one of the biggest single mailouts the Royal Mail has handled. According to the Office For National Statistics, the census is to reach 26 million homes in England and Wales by census day on March 27th.
The census is sent out every ten years and helps to plan the future of services such as transport, education, healthcare and housing.
This year we have the option to fill it out online or by traditional paper form, but surely filling it out online is easier for everyone at the other end reading the results?
According to the Office For National Statistics, 2011 Census Director Glen Watson believes that the online census is more convenient:
“This will be quicker and it’s better for us because we won’t need to scan the forms and decipher all that handwriting. Of course if people want, they can still do it by hand. Completing the census form promptly and sending it back to us means no one will have to knock on your door to remind you.”
However, 61 year old resident of Hodge Hill, Maureen will be filling her form out by paper: “I shall be filling my census out in paper form, I find it more convenient and I can fill out questions when I want and stop and come back to it if I need to.”
If you need help with you census visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0300 0201 101.