Be sure to read the recent Radical Statistics articles about the implications of the loss of the population census by Danny Dorling and Paul Norman, then answer this consultation!
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is consulting on the census and
the future provision of population statistics in England and Wales.
Improvements in technology and in government data sources offer the
opportunity to modernise the existing census process or to develop an
alternative census method that reuses government administrative data.
Therefore the two approaches to modernising the census in the future are:
1. An online census that is completed once a decade.
2. A census that uses existing government data and compulsory annual
Both approaches would provide annual statistics about the size of the
population, nationally and for local authorities. A census using
existing data and surveys would provide more statistics about the
characteristics of the population every year. An online census would
provide more detailed statistics once a decade.
To find out more about the consultation please download the consultation
document from http://tinyurl.com/o22s8l3.
To take part in the consultation please complete the online survey
available from http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XY3SK3W.
The survey closes on the 13th December.