The NBTA is involved in ongoing discussions with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about how best the liveaboard boating community can be included in the 2021 Census. ONS is now hiring hundreds of Community Advisers. Bargee Travellers, and people from all backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. The census takes place every 10 years to collect statistical information about every household in England and Wales.
Information collected by the census enables national and local decision making on essential services such as emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, GPs and dentists.
Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at ONS, said: “It is crucial we reach everyone across all of England and Wales – from the youngest to the oldest, those living in inner city communities and the most remote rural areas, those who have recently arrived or lived in the same place their whole lives”.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to take part… These are important roles which will be challenging and exciting and ensure the data the census subsequently provides is representative of everyone.”
The census helps central and local government, health authorities and other public bodies to plan and fund public services. The census is also important in providing evidence for charities and voluntary organisations to obtain funding.
See www.censusjobs.co.uk for information on the community jobs available.