Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods. The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011, when ONS sent out questionnaires to around 25 million households.
The census asks about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics are then used to build a picture of today’s society.
Why should this matter?
Like all local authorities in England and Wales, the council relies on census population statistics to get the government funding we need for public services. How much we get is directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area. So even if the census were to end up just a few households short, it could make a very real difference to people's lives.
The first batch of results was published on 16 July 2012 and has been summarised here for Newark and Sherwood:
- 48,800 households with at least one resident
- 100 short-term non-UK residents (short-term refers to people who have been, or intend to be, resident in the UK for less than 12 months
- Total population is 114,800
- 2,300 residents are living in communal establishments (defined as managed residential accommodation where there is full-time or part-time supervision of the accommodation)
The second release at a much smaller geographic area e.g. ward, parish and output area will be available from November 2012.