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Census Information

Census Information

The Census is a count of all people and households and is the most complete source of information about the population that we have. The latest Census was held on Sunday 29 April 2001. We have used this information to produce a Forest Heath District Profile.

Why is the Census important?

The Census is important because it allows central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to target their resources more effectively and to plan housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.

For the first time central government will make information freely available to the public on the Internet.


Information on individual people is not released to any organisation.

The confidentiality of personal information is of paramount importance. Disclosure of personal Census information is an offence. The Office for National Statistics has processed the Census forms in secure conditions. Paper copies will be destroyed. Digital images of individual responses will only be made public after 100 years.

Measures are also taken to prevent inadvertent disclosure of information about individuals through the statistical results. For example, information will not be released for areas containing fewer than 100 households.


There are a number of changes to the 2001 Census that all users should be aware of if they wish to compare results with those of the 1991 Census.

2001 is the first Census that has made adjustments for  missing  people

It will include students at their term time address - last time they were included at their home address

There will be new information on relationships within households, the lowest floor level of accommodation, unpaid personal care and religion.

There will be no information on income, but there will be information on socio-economic group. There is no information on disability, but there will be information on limiting long term illnesses and general health over the past year.


Planning Policy

Department: Planning Services

Tel: 01638 719480

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