Photocall: Census purple bus is coming

By on 23/02/2011 in News

Don't miss the Census bus when it stops in Birmingham

People wanting to know more about the forthcoming census will be able to ask a team of advisors on a big purple bus - the star of the 2011 Census TV advertisements - when it stops in Birmingham on Friday 25 February.

The  bus stops in the city as part of a national tour, a “Journey of a Nation” in the build-up to national Census Day on March 27 2011.

This Friday February 25 the bus will be parked in Victoria Square for a photocall between 10am and 11am for journalists.

The team on board includes the area managers working in and around Birmingham, community advisers for the Caribbean, Indian and Chinese communities, as well as speakers of Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Urdu and Somali.

The bus is specially kitted out to raise people's awareness of the census and remind people how important it is to fill in the form.

The team on the bus also includes local language specialists who will be able to help people understand why the census is so important, and answer any queries they have about the process they need to follow when they receive their questionnaires in the middle of March.

2011 Census area manager Paul Glover said: “People can come along and have a chat with me and other members of the census team on board the bus to ask any questions they may have about the upcoming census.”

The bus tour is also being supported by Birmingham City Council.

Stephen Hughes, Birmingham City Council Chief Executive and Census regional Champion said:  “The census is really important for Birmingham. Results are used to plan vital local services like schools, hospitals and transport.  Critically, the population figures also determine how much money the Government invests in Birmingham so it is in everyone's interest to take part.  We are very pleased to be working with the census team and encourage everyone to take part in the census.”

The 2011 Census takes place on Sunday March 27. Questionnaires will begin dropping through letterboxes in mid March. It can be completed securely online via the census website at www.census.gov.uk using a personal internet access code or on paper and posted back in the pre-paid envelope.

Ends

If you would like to send a photographer or reporter on the day please contact the 2011 Census press office on the number below.

Press Hotline:             01329 447654

Email:       2011censuspress@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Visit:       www.census.gov.uk/2011press

Twitter:     www.twitter.com/2011censuspress
Notes to Editors

About the census

1.       The census provides an estimate of the population of England and Wales and is carried out every ten years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The information given is confidential and is protected by law.
2.       The statistics derived from the census underpin the allocation of important funding for necessary services like education, transport and health. They are also used by policy makers in central and local government to identify and understand the needs of communities.
3.       In March 2011 each household in England and Wales will receive a questionnaire through the post.  The questionnaires can then be completed and returned by post or using the new secure online questionnaire.
4.       ONS is responsible for carrying out the census in England and Wales.
5.       National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for official statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.  
6.       The 2011 Census will offer a wide range of fixed full and part-time temporary employment opportunities across England and Wales. Roles will range from full time managerial positions, to supervisory roles and community based ones which involve interaction with the public. Details of these roles and how to apply can be found on www.censusjobs.co.uk. All the latest recruitment updates can be found by following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CensusJobs

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