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Subject: UK's 2021 census could be the last, statistics chief reveals

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/20 at 3:08 am

The 2021 census could be the last one ever to be carried out, the UK's national statistician has revealed.

Prof Sir Ian Diamond said he was examining cheaper alternatives to the 10-yearly compulsory questionnaire delivered to every UK household. The census, which has been conducted for almost 200 years, provides valuable population information to help councils and the government plan services. But Sir Ian said he was "hopeful" data from other sources could replace it. "The census is frankly as good as it is possible to get," he said. "Let's see if we can get to a similar place, more quickly, using different strategies."

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