Copy of email received Monday 15th November, 2010
The 2011 Census is coming.......
I am John Birkenshaw the newly appointed 2011 Census Manager for the Kirklees Area; employed by a Government Department called the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
I have five colleagues covering Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds & Wakefield areas. (details below)
The reason for making contact with you, is because we have some concerns that some groups of people, including the young, the elderly, sensory impaired people and people whose 1st language is not English, within West Yorkshire may prove 'Hard to Count' during the next census (27th March 2011).
As a former police officer, I also have concerns that some unscrupulous criminals may use the census as an opportunity to commit 'Bogus Caller' type offences.
The official 2011 Census Logo appears on the Census Staff Identification Card. The card has a white Background with the Logo in the Census 2011 logo in the top left hand corner and has the cardholders photograph in the top right hand corner inside a Purple Frame and the Name and Staff No of the card holder.
We are targeting key organisations and institution to help us spread the word about the importance of completing the census questionnaires. It is important to 'count everyone in' because government funding is allocated per capita and planning future services and the local infrastructure over the next 10 years is dependant upon correct funding levels; for example within your sphere of work with the police and the community. An example of why we need to count everyone in is because approx £500 is allocated by central government per head of population; therefore if 1,000 people are not counted; this equates to £1/2 million shortfall in funding.
As an organisation that has direct links to the
community via Neighbourhood Watch, I would be extremely grateful if you
could assist me in raising the profile of the census with your
members, friends and associates.
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