UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 2nd APRIL
I’ve chatted to a lady today who’s knocking on doors, around Snape, of people who haven’t filled their census in — not me, she was asking about a holiday home. She said there were quite a few people in the village who haven’t completed it! I’ve offered to be a chaperone, if anyone needs me — she was very grateful, and said that she’d knock if I was needed. The form can take just a quarter of an hour to complete yourself online — but the Good Neighbours' offer, mentioned below, remains open too, and I happen to be the Duty Phoneholder this fortnight.
UPDATED ON SUNDAY, 21st MARCH
Don't forget to complete your Census forms today! The questions are generally much less detailed than in previous years, though there are a few new ones.
The offer by Snape Good Neighbour Scheme to help with completion remains open — just leave them an answerphone message at ☏ 0754 1754 426, and they will call you back. If you'd prefer assistance from someone outside the village, it is available officially from the Government website and by a national helpline — or more locally from the community group in Campsea Ashe (please see below, though their website shows no recent update).
|The Enumerator endures some chaff||The Lady of uncertain age|
|Taking the Census: Experiences of an Enumerator (1891, in "Illustrated London News")
© The National Archives, ZPER 34/98
UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, 10th MARCH
Subject: Countdown to Census day — 21st March 2021
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 10:34:49
From: Kelly Wigley <Kelly.Wigley@eastsuffolk.gov.uk>
We particularly want to ensure that anyone who is isolated, or may not have easy access to the internet, knows that there is telephone support available, should they need it. There is a national Census helpline and language line available at https://census.gov.uk/contact-us, and we also have two Census Support Centres in East Suffolk offering local support. …
One is at the Station House in Campsea Ashe operated by [Community Connections on ☏07856 810828, or visit https://www.stationhousecampseaashe.co.uk/contactus]. They will not be open to the public at present, but can offer telephone assistance with completion of a Census form, and answer general enquiries.
Kelly Wigley | Project Manager
East Suffolk Council
☏ 01502 523213
The Census form is largely self-explanatory, but
additional information resources at https://census.gov.uk/downloadable-resources
include the following —
If a person can't complete their own census, someone they trust, like a family member or friend, can complete it for them. For information and guidance on this, you can simply visit https://census.gov.uk/help/getting-started/completing-the-census-for-someone-else.
DOWNLOADED FROM census.gov.uk ON 30th JANUARY 2021
The Census is coming on Sunday 21st March. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport. Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law — that means Government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.
It’s important that you fill in your Census questionnaire online [though there is a paper-form alternative, if you don't have ready access to the internet]. It’s easy to take part, but if you need a little extra help there are a wide range of support services.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will send you a letter in the post with an access code and instructions. You can fill your census questionnaire in online as soon as you get yours. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know. [If you prefer, you can still complete the Census on a paper form, which can be downloaded from https://census.gov.uk/en/request/paper-questionnaire/enter-address/, but do first see the "PAPER FORMS" comments below.]
Remember, if you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s plenty available. [You can just contact Snape Good Neighbour Scheme for local assistance with completing your form, whether online or on paper, subject to Coronavirus precautions.]
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk
[extracted from “Census-digital-copy-for-partners-ENGLISH.docx”, downloaded on 30/1/21]
PAPER FORMS: [If you're considering using a paper form, please bear the following in mind.]
"On the paper questionnaire, all respondents can see every question, whether or not it is relevant to them. Routing instructions are provided to allow respondents to skip to the next relevant question or section. This increases the burden on respondents, who have to read and correctly follow the routing instructions to avoid answering questions that do not apply to them.
[On the other hand,] "Automatic routing on the electronic questionnaire allows for additional routing that is not possible on the paper questionnaire. For example, the respondent's date of birth can be used throughout the questionnaire to skip over certain questions. ... For some questions, when a respondent starts typing a write-in response, a list of suggested answers will appear. There will remain the option to write in a response that does not appear as a suggested answer, if the respondent chooses to do so."
© Who Do You Think You Are?
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 17th NOVEMBER 2020
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across the UK will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes. [! — Webmaster]
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is 21st March 2021.