Census ’11 launched

Philip Hardill has been involved with collecting data for three census'. The latest one is launched this week. He has seen them change overtime, from the hand delivered versions to the new web-based forms. Philip is pictured with colleague Ian MacDonald, who will be co-ordinating the data for the Spen Valley. (d23021157)
Philip Hardill has been involved with collecting data for three census'. The latest one is launched this week. He has seen them change overtime, from the hand delivered versions to the new web-based forms. Philip is pictured with colleague Ian MacDonald, who will be co-ordinating the data for the Spen Valley. (d23021157)

CENSUS forms to will be sent out to every household in the Spen Valley next week to map the population of the district.

Three co-ordinators will lead teams of 15 field staff who will collect detailed information about the population of the district over the coming weeks, in time for the April deadline.

Philip Hardill will be responsible for Cleckheaton, Hartshead, Hightown, Liversedge and Roberttown and Iain McDonald will cover Birkenshaw, East Bierley, Gomersal, Hunsworth and Oakenshaw. Cheryl Haddlesey will be co-ordinating the Heckondwike information.

This is the third census that Mr Hardill has been involved with and he has seen the way the government collects the data change over the last 20 years.

In 1991, the census forms had to be completed by hand and were personally collected by the team. Then in 2001, some householders were allowed to return their forms through the post. This year, the forms can be completed online and the forms will be sent out and sent back through the postal service.

“This year, for the first time in the history of the census, all questionnaires will be posted to all households in the country,” Mr Hardill said.

Mr MacDonald has urged people to take the census seriously, as it will be used by the government to allocate public money and failure to fill in the form results in a £1,000 fine.

The teams will be out and about over the next few weeks to offer help and advice to people when filling in the forms. They will then be out in force from April 6 to ensure all forms are completed properly and on time.

For more information visit www.census.gov.uk.