The speculation will be over soon The 2011 Census will include a count of empties and the numbers are to be published in the summer sometime . By my estimate the number of Holiday Homes and Empties will be in the 350k-360k range seeing as holiday homes are unlikely to be in use on sunday night.
This thread is for idle and not so idle speculation on those imminent results.
I live in an apartment complex in D7. The enumerator who called to us said he was having difficulty handing out forms to numerous apartments (a lot of the apartments are rented and for some reason the tenants simply do not answer their doors when they are knocked on).
Anyway, he said he would simply fill in any forms he hadn’t been able to hand out himself, and mark the uncontactable properties as “unoccupied”.
Sorry if that’s groundhog day stuff, but I think it’s astounding.
Especially if the “empties” figure is to be believeable.
Well the procedure is if someone won’t answer the door is to post in a form with a letter. If they don’t fill it in and return it then various threatening letters are sent. If these have no effect, then an estimate of the inhabitants is made from local knowledge. This may be difficult in urban areas and is frowned upon by the CSO - the form has to be signed by the enumerator’s supervisor’s manager. If an enumerator says a house is vacant - he/she gets paid a little less, but one could see a less diligent enumerator taking the easy way out and saying a house/apartment is vacant.
Yes indeed it works. Lived in a rented apartment for 4 years and never answered the door to an unexpected knock. If it was someone I knew, they rang my mobile and I’d answer…all to avoid the tv licence man. The amount of threatening letters was large, the actual consequences non-existant.
My information is that 1.7m forms were given out by enumerators which = 1.7m premises where a person could be found to admit responsibility for filling the form. Mixture of Permanently Occupied and Holiday Homes.