London's Population and the 2011 Census

London's Population and the 2011 Census

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The London Regional Committee warns that preparations for the 2011 Census risk a repeat of the difficulties of the 2001 Census, where the population of several London boroughs was seriously undercounted. The acknowledged undercounting of London's population in the 2001 Census continues to have an effect on the funding provided to London's boroughs for the services they are expected to provide for the capital's population. The report welcomes improvements which have been made to arrangements for the conduct of the 2011 Census and acknowledges that substantial lessons have been learned from the 2001 exercise. However, the MPs raise concerns that these preparations will not be enough to boost the number of census forms delivered, completed and collected in the capital to acceptable response levels. The Committee callS on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to address potential problems with recruitment of skilled enumerators with the local knowledge required to ensure the successful delivery and collection of as many Census forms as possible. The MPs also recommend that ONS discusses with London boroughs the methods it proposes to use to calculate final Census figures and estimate missing returns, in order to share expertise on the particular population profiles in each borough.This attempt demonstrably failed in respect of many London boroughs. Three boroughs succeeded in achieving an official revision to their population figures. Even though the Statistics Commission concluded in 2004 that aquot;for the remaining anbsp;...

Title:London's Population and the 2011 Census
Author:Great Britain Parliament House of Commons London Regional Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2010-03-31


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