A snapshot of the life in Stoke-on-Trent during 2011 will be taken this Sunday (27) as part of the national Census campaign.
The 2011 Census allows both local and central government to identify the services the population needs today and over the coming 10 years.
Over the past three weeks, questionnaires have gone out to around 25 million households in England and Wales.
The information from the census helps the public services to better understand the needs of different people and groups in Stoke-on-Trent. It will give a clear idea of the kind of services needed in areas such as housing, schools, transport and healthcare. It is also pivotal to the funding these services receive from central government.
All the data collected will be kept confidential for 100 years and will not be released by the ONS to local authorities, or any other government department for that matter. Only the statistics produced will be released.
Councillor Mohammed Pervez, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:
“The Census will be taken this weekend and it’s vital that everyone takes part so we can get an accurate reflection of city life in 2011. The results will help shape future services available to everyone in Stoke-on-Trent as we continue to push the city on to bigger, better and more prosperous times.”
Office for National Statistics Census Director, Glen Watson, added:
“We rely on the public’s co-operation to make the census a success; the results paint a unique picture of our community that is used to help plan local services and allocate funding. All our public services depend on the number and type of people living in the local community.”
Residents yet to complete their questionnaire can complete the census online at www.census.gov.uk. The unique internet access code, printed on the front of the questionnaire, will need to be entered to ensure the data is secure.
Anyone who has not received a copy should call the Census helpline on 0300 0201 101 to arrange a replacement questionnaire.