Friday, August 20, 2010

The 2011 Great Britain Census

A census of population has been carried out in Great Britain every 10 years from 1801 to 2001, except in 1941. The last census released to the public is the 1911 census due to the 100-year privacy rule. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) designs, manages and runs the census in England and Wales. The General Register Office Scotland (GROS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for the census in Scotland and Northern Ireland. All three have agreed to conduct their 2011 censuses on the same day in order to produce consistent and coherent information that covers the whole of the UK.

The next census of England and Wales will take place in 2011 and includes a number of new approaches designed to improve census return rates in all areas and with all population groups. Information on the 2011 census is available at:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011-census/index.html.

To see what the 2011 census will look like go to: http://tinyurl.com/2b8wy8s
The full url may be accessed at:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011-census/2011-census-questionnaire-content/2011-census-questionnaire-for-england.pdf

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS, Director-at-large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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