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Fill in form or be fined!

Fill in form or be fined!

The 2011 Census is getting under way, forms having reached many households around the UK.
 
The public will be asked questions about their jobs, health, education and ethnic background (question about religion is optional) and must base all answers on who is in their household on Sunday 27 March.
 
The form is compulsory and for the first time can be completed online. The answers will be used to plan public services.
 
The organisers of the survey say the questionnaire can be returned before, on or after Census Day - but the information must relate to 27 March.
 
There is a fine of up to £1,000 for failing to complete and return the form.
 
In a warehouse on the edge of Manchester, a hidden army of people is poised for a once-in-a-decade event.
 
Data experts UK Data Capture has assembled a 1,300-strong team in Trafford Park to process the 2011 Census - the ten-yearly snapshot of the country.
 
But why choose Manchester?
 
Glen Watson, director of the 2011 Census, said there were four main factors.
"We needed a site which obviously was big enough, had good transport links, the ability to recruit a good workforce in the locality and support from the community and local authority," he said.
 
In addition to UK Data Capture staff, Manchester-based BSS are operating a census helpline employing up to 450 people. And 3M in Chadderton are doing a lot of the printing.
 
"It wasn't really planned that way but Manchester has turned out to be something of a census hub," he said.