MINISTERS PLAN TO SCRAP UK CENSUS BUT CREATES NEW IMMIGRATION FEARS – The Census, which keeps tabs on a whole plethora of UK resident data, including vital population figures, is being set to be scrapped after 200 years.
Yesterday the Government announced that the Census is to be scrapped and replaced with a far more efficient system that could save the British taxpayer £500 million or more by replacing the current system with something far less rigorous.
Primarily the Census has always been about counting the numbers; that is keeping a record of how many people reside in the UK plus a host of demographic and geographic data. It is, as many feel, vital in order to determine levels of cost on supporting the population and more importantly the level of migrants populating the country.
There are suspicions that such a move to scrap the National Census comes at a time when the European Right of Free Movement will be forced upon Britain by their European masters in Brussels and some are seeing this as little more than a way to cover up the devastating effect mass economic migrant will have upon the UK from countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.
In the 2011 National Census it revealed that over 500,000 immigrants were living in the UK illegally and that the National Census was the only means of detecting these people; other methods such as border controls and documentation failed to detect these people.
“The present census method is a vital cross-check on the true scale of immigration. The last census discovered half a million immigrants not recorded in other ways.
“Fiddling with the methodology risks further undermining public confidence in immigration statistics. We need a third option on the table, namely strengthening the existing methods.” Sir Andrew Green,Migrationwatch
There are plans, according to Government sources, to replace the current system with something far more streamlined, such as an online form. It is perceived that letters could be dispatched to each household with a unique ID which will have to be inserted when completing the online form.
Critics of the plan also pointed out that the National Census also allows the Government to determine ‘illness’ levels around the country, what areas are affected and whether these are indeed rising or falling.
The current system is also considered vital by genealogists and historians who rely on the data to provide a valuable insight to the population as a whole.
The Government is currently considering changing the frequency of the current Census to once every ten years however again critics voice their concern that population changes far too radically, especially in terms of overall population growth and aging populations, for such a practice to be effective in providing clear and concise usable data.
The disturbing issue here is that the Government is expecting to gather only two thirds of the current population data in the new system; leaving a black hole of some 22 million people unaccounted for – this figure of course could be much higher due to unrestricted immigration.
The Government are considering other alternatives, such a scrapping the collection of data by Census altogether and using council records, such a birth, death, marriage, electoral roll, NHS registers, schools, tax records and others in order to compile population data.
The 2011 National Census cost the taxpayer £500 million but the Government has warned that unless a new system is found then the current paper system will cost upwards of £1 billion by the year 2021.
Cabinet Ministers are stating that they are concerned about the rising cost to the taxpayer and that they have a duty to reduce costs where possible.
According to Francis Maude, who is responsible for national statistics, he estimates that an online system would cost approximately £600 million at 2013 prices; a saving to the taxpayer of over £300 million if costs escalate as predicted.
There appears to be a favour among the online system due to high participation expectations; in fact the Census reform chief Peter Benton stated that expectations of population participation were likely to exceed 65 per cent of the population.
But what about the other 35 per cent? Peter Benton went on to report that the National Census office would add 40,000 field staff whose job it would be to visit those households that have failed to complete the online form. Mr. Benton stressed that any new system would still be compulsory for all citizens.
The 2011 National Census was widely considered a success after it achieved a population participation rate of 94 per cent.
The National Census remains a vital tool in being able to control costs associated with the populace and introducing any system that fails to provide this vital data could well leave the very fabric of our society in disarray.