Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Moment in Time Is Caught; It Comes around Each Decade Recording Every Aspect of Change in Our Lives. RUTH LAWSON Looks at What the 2011 Census Tell Us about the Changing Face of Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Moment in Time Is Caught; It Comes around Each Decade Recording Every Aspect of Change in Our Lives. RUTH LAWSON Looks at What the 2011 Census Tell Us about the Changing Face of Tyneside

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

IT PROVIDES a snapshot of our lives every decade, and it's here again.

The fast moving world in which we live will be tracked once again by the first national census for 10 years.

The changing population and shifting social patterns of Tyneside will be analysed in March when the 32-page questionnaire lands on our doormats.

Leading North East academics believe the results will show Tyneside in a much different light than it was in 2001.

Dr Anoop Nayak, reader in social geography at Newcastle University, said: "Since 2001 there's been a lot of changes, not just the European Union population movements, but also the North East as one of the national asylum seekers places for dispersal.

"I think ethnicity and religion will be two areas where we see stark changes. There has been a rise in the number of people with different religions and not just in line with the rise in ethnic minorities, but there's also been a rise in religions like Christianity." Householders will be asked 56 questions as the Office for National Statistics seeks information on the number of people living in each home, their employment status, education and nationality.

The survey also collects details on ethnicity, health, religion and martial status.

All the details can be used to help Government, local councils and businesses monitor what is happening around them and adapt to changing trends.

Dr Geoff Payne, professor of sociology at Newcastle University, said: "The census is absolutely essential because it enables us to see what's happening on the ground so local government can plan the services that are needed and are going to be needed over the next 10 years.

"We all know that the number of old people is increasing, but which parts of Tyneside are they living in and what effect does that have on social services and the NHS? Without solid evidence it's very difficult to plan and because it's 10 years it's very valuable because you can compare it with previous years. …

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