Additional information on the 2021 census

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I have just filled in my online census form which asks questions I've never been asked before.

Here are my questions.

1. Why are you asking for data about central heating, education, transport, religion and gender?
2. With which other government departments will you share this anonymised data?
3. What guarantees do British citizens have that this information will be held securely after the 2021 census results are complete?
4. Will you fine old people 1,000 pounds sterling if they have neither a phone nor an internet connection.
5. Which third party - outsourced company - are you using to produce the documentation sent out to our country.
6. How much has the 2021 census cost to date?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Magee,

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Our Reference: FOI/2021/1863


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