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Census delay plans 'a disgrace'

Janine Le Sauvage
Deputy Le Sauvage said delaying the census would be 'disgraceful'

Plans to postpone the next census, due to be held in 2011, have been branded "disgraceful" by one Guernsey deputy.

A Policy Council report, before the states next month, proposes to delay spending on 55 projects to save money, the census being one of them.

Deputy Janine Le Sauvage said the last one, planned for 2006, should not have been delayed and it will be a mistake if the next one is put back as well.

The States Strategic Advisor said the information can be found in other ways.

Deputy Le Sauvage said: "We have a policy at the moment of trying not to grow our population and we need to see how that is working.

'Planning difficult'

"I think it was a bit of a shock for everybody when the population was found to have jumped by a couple of 100 and nobody seemed to know why.

"How can we plan anything if we don't know how many people we're catering for?"

Andrew Birnie said: "We could obtain better information from our existing administrative resources, which means taking data from various government departments."

He said one way was through the data collected by the social security department.

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