The Office for National Statistics carried out the latest census across England and Wales on Sunday 27 March 2011.
The census is carried out every 10 years and is the only time every person and household is counted right across the UK. It is a legal requirement to complete the census form.
Everyone is asked the same questions on the same day so that a 'snapshot' of the population can be taken.
The census asks about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on.
All the information you and your household provide in the census is in the strictest of confidence and will only be used to produce statistics.
Like all local authorities in England and Wales, South Derbyshire District 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 census needs to include everyone, everywhere and that is why everyone has to take part.
More information can be found on the Office for National Statistics website: www.ons.gov.uk .
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