I've got a bit of a dilemma with the filling out of the UK census form.
To give you an idea as to what i mean, I need to give you, what I see as, the conflicting words or wording.
Firstly, on the front page it says;
Everyone should be included in the census - all people, households and overnight visitors. It is used to help plan and fund services for your
community - services like transport, education and health. Taking part in the census is very important and it's also compulsory. You could
face a fine if you don't participate or if you supply false information.
I have highlighted the one sentence that says it is compulsory.. by law...
But, on the second page, at the bottom, it says;
Follow the ->GO TO instructions and leave any questions or pages you do not need to answer completely blank.
again the bold is the important bit.
Now, if I apply for a job, for example, and am given an ethnicity check list I do not need to fill this info in by law.. I have the right to withhold
that data...the same as i do not need, by law, to fill in my date of birth.. this particular set of laws is put in place to avoid discrimination and
to also protect my privacy and rights.
The problem I'm having is that the questionnaire says i must "take part in the census and it's also compulsory"...
So, theoretically, I could just put in my name and address, sign and date the front and send it off... Therefore, i have taken part, I have filled in
a bit of it on my own free will and have submitted everything I feel i NEED to..
It does not say I NEED to or MUST complete any or all of the questions.. It just says it is cumpolsury that I take part in it..
Your opinions and/or thoughts please..
Yours rather confused,
edit on 16-3-2011 by Extralien because: fixed silly computer skills error