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2011 Census background

The last Census day was Sunday 27 March 2011.

The 2011 Census in England and Wales was carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Following extensive preparations over a number of years, detailed programmes were put in place to collect and process the information and deliver the census results. 

In early March 2011, ONS sent out census questionnaires to around 25 million households in England and Wales. The questionnaire sought information on age, sex, nationality, ethnic background, health, language, work, education and other key population and household characteristics. The statistics produced will be used to provide a picture of today's society, change over time and local variations.

Why should this matter? 

Like all local authorities in England and Wales, the City and County of Swansea relies on census information to identify local needs and plan the delivery of local services. In addition, government funding for these services is directly related to the number and characteristics of people in Swansea recorded by the census. 

What happened in Swansea?

To help achieve a successful census and ensure that Swansea gets its rightful share of future Central and Welsh Government resources, the Council worked closely with ONS on census preparations in the area. As part of this process the Council nominated existing staff - a Census Liaison Manager (CLM) and Assistant (ACLM) - to co-ordinate all census related activities within the Council and liaise closely with ONS on local issues and communications.

If you require any further information regarding the 2011 Census in Swansea, please contact us.