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Have the census questions always been like this?

 

We now have to tell them how we get to work, what qualifications we have, how many hours we worked last week, how our house is heated, whether we have a mortgage, why we moved here (if we did), and we get prosecuted if we refuse.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these privacy warriors up in arms about CCTV, ID cards etc, but I think the fact the government can force you by law to disclose all this info is a bit "1984".

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Have the census questions always been like this?

 

We now have to tell them how we get to work, what qualifications we have, how many hours we worked last week, how our house is heated, whether we have a mortgage, why we moved here (if we did), and we get prosecuted if we refuse.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these privacy warriors up in arms about CCTV, ID cards etc, but I think the fact the government can force you by law to disclose all this info is a bit "1984".

Great! You can hear the family tree researchers in the years to come and say, is that all the qualifications they got? I've got 16 triple star bar-coded GCSE's when I was 5.

 

By the sounds of the questions above, it looks as if they're looking to reap in more pennies through taxing inefficient houses and types of property and even looking at ways to examine the benefits system.

Thoughts on this? Far fetched, maybe or you never know?

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Oh, so you don,t think a Government may need the info. for future planning of healthcare, energy needs, benefit needs, housing requirements, education etc. etc. Or is that just too simple ?

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what makes its worse is the fact that its self-highlighted 'identity theft' in a nice purple trimmed envelope that thieves everyone knows exactly when it will be posted.

 

Mine was hand delivered and will be hand collected. Was yours posted?

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I can't think of any reason why I should or would be bothered whether government knows that I have central heating, how well educated I am, if I work, etc. If you are genuinely worried about the questions contained in the census form I think you need to take that tin foil hat off.

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what makes its worse is the fact that its self-highlighted 'identity theft' in a nice purple trimmed envelope that thieves everyone knows exactly when it will be posted.

 

Mine was hand delivered and will be hand collected. Was yours posted?

 

not supposed to go til the 27th, so no........

 

ETA: sorry mines UK.

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i know you need to do the first page and the names and ages etc of anyone who lives at the residance, but isnt the rest just optional? aslong as you fill the main stuff in, sign it and had it back its all good i thought.

Doesn't it mention that you are 'required' to answer all questions?

 

Anyway, I'm still trying to work out how one decides who is the 'Head of the household'! The person who fills in the census form, or the usual default reference to the senior male member of the household?

 

GRRRRRRRRRRRR!

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