Jan 28

120 people convicted for not filling in census form

By Dan Glaister

The 2011 census form

Of the 24.5 million census forms expected to be filled in, 1.6 million were not returned. Photograph: Dean Murray/Rex Features

Among those who did no participate in 2011 census were ‘conscientious objectors’ to Lockheed Martin UK’s involvement

At least 120 people have been convicted for failing to complete their 2011 census forms, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

While some may have simply forgotten, others see themselves as conscientious objectors who are being prosecuted for refusing to fill out the forms because of the involvement of the defence contractor Lockheed Martin UK, which won the £150m contract to run the census.

By this week the ONS had referred 369 cases to the Crown Prosecution Service; of those, 157 prosecutions have been brought to court, with 120 resulting in convictions. Those found guilty face a maximum fine of £1,000 and a criminal record. The remaining 37 cases are classified as “conversions”, where the defendant completed the census form at court.

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Bill Bard says:

 I would expect there to be a shortfall of about 1 million forms returned.  Going to be a busy day in court!!!  May see you there.

Steve says…

Ah… missed it – when was that then ?

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