Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do you have a spare £1,000, if not send back your census form or the heavy mob will be banging on the door breathing heavy, screaming, ‘you jedi’?

Dear All

They coming to a door near you, the Census crowd!

And they want their form or else!

Else being a £1,000.

Glasgow has a proud reputation of sticking two fingers up to authority but generally in passing.

We have the poorest response in Scotland so far to the 2011 census.

Almost 1 in 10 households have still to return the form, one month after Census Day.

Maybe people didn’t own a pen.

Orkney, Shetland, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway have already sent back all their questionnaires.

Organisers of Scotland's Census 2011 expect an overall response rate of 96%, have urged those still to return their questionnaires to do so now.

If not the big stick comes out, a fine of up to £1,000 if they fail to comply.

Census director Peter Scrimgeour said the estimated overall response rate of 96% was "very positive".

Mr Scrimgeour said:

“To householders who have yet to complete and return their questionnaires, I stress the importance of acting straight away, to avoid the risk of a fine”.

Some people don’t have a £1,000 and little chance of paying the fine.

Scrimgeour added:

“This is the last moment to act, before members of our non-compliance team start knocking on doors”.

And who says they are going to open it to you?

The population survey is collecting information on topics such as age, gender and health to help plan services like housing, hospitals and schools.

And of course the ever popular religious question for jedi!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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