Census forms have begun to land on people's doorsteps in Hackney. This is Britain's survey of our population which takes place every decade.
The official population figures are used to calculate the amount of central funding to be allocated to local areas for a range of services including health, education, emergency serves and police. It is also used to calculate the money transferred from central government to local government to fund services.
At the last Census the response rate in Hackney was the second lowest in the country at 73%. In terms of finance, this has been calculated to translate into the local primary care trust receiving £40m less than it was due, and the Council receiving £17m less than it was due in the last year alone.
This year we need to get it right just to get fair funding into the area over the coming decade so please do play your part and fill in the form.
Some people may find the forms confusing or have questions about them. You can call the Census hotline on 03000 2011 01 or contact them via their website. The council will also be providing help via local libraries. Some useful bit of information:
- The 2011 Census is taking place in March and the forms are arriving now
- Forms should be completed on or as soon after the 27 March (Census Day) but they can in fact be completed and returned in advance.
- If you have access to the internet, remember that you can complete the census online.
- If there are more than 6 people in your household, you will need to order extra forms. Call the national helpline