Census help for Birmingham Residents

By on 22/03/2011 in News

Drop-in sessions are being held across Birmingham to help residents complete their census forms.

Venues including libraries, community centres, schools and youth clubs across the city are being used to give advice and support to people who may need help with their questionnaires.  Areas covered include Nechells, Handsworth, Aston, Small Heath, Perry Barr, Highgate and Ladywood.

Residents are asked to bring along to the session the census questionnaire that has been delivered to their door. Language and interpretation support will be available for those who need it.

The national census – which is a count of the population – takes place every ten years and Census day is this Sunday 27th March.   Organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Census forms need to be returned as soon as possible after Census day to avoid a visit from ONS Census Collectors.

The 2011 Census questionnaire gathers essential information which is used to deliver services such as healthcare, education, housing and transport. The results, which are turned into anonymous statistics, are also used to help determine levels of local authority funding.  Residents are urged to complete their census questionnaires to help bring help fund essential services.

Birmingham based community and religious organisations are also holding their own support sessions, and a census stall for help and advice will be available over the next few weeks in the city centre.

For a full list of drop in sessions please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/censusdropin

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