UK’s 2021 census could be the last, statistics chief reveals – BBC February 12, 2020

I noticed this article today on the BBCUK’s 2021 census could be the last, statistics chief reveals:

12 February 2020

he 2021 census could be the last one ever to be carried out, the UK’s national statistician has revealed.

Prof Sir Ian Diamond said he was examining cheaper alternatives to the 10-yearly compulsory questionnaire delivered to every UK household.

The census, which has been conducted for almost 200 years, provides valuable population information to help councils and the government plan services.

But Sir Ian said he was “hopeful” data from other sources could replace it.

“The census is frankly as good as it is possible to get,” he said.

“Let’s see if we can get to a similar place, more quickly, using different strategies.”


I saw an article on the U. S. Census Bureau that indicated a lot less surveys would be sent out than in the past with the goal of people being able to use online or phone options to record their census information.

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