Public urged to have say on census
The Office for National Statistics ( ONS) has set up a public consultation to help it prepare for the 2021 Census.
After coming close to scrapping it altogether, the government department is now hoping to receive feedback from individuals and organisations who rely on census information – including genealogists – to ensure that the next survey remains useful.
To take part in the consultation, users can complete an online form (available at bit.ly/1SisHSW), which asks questions about the design of the census and individual topics of interest. Closing on 27 August, this follows a series of roadshow events, that were attended by members of the public in June.
“Decisions based on the census can touch the lives of all of us,” said John Pullinger, the UK’s National Statistician. “But we can’t run this major project alone. We need the help of census users to ensure that the census stays relevant and credible.
“Together we can make sure that we understand as much as we need to about the population in 2021.”