Pub­lic urged to have say on census

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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, 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.”

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