Lack of census

It has been reported by the BBC that the 2011 census may be the last census of its type and that other sources of data, such as that available from the Post Office, local government and credit checking agencies will be used instead.

I wonder how many credit checking agencies record Welsh speaking ability in their records?

It seems to me that the end of the census would result in the loss of one of the most important sources of data about the Welsh language and the detailed analysis that can be done of the data, e.g. Aitchison, J. & Carter, H. “Spreading the Word: The Welsh Language 2001”. The census data informs much of the language planning activity in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. I wonder what alternative plans there are to gather this data and how this will be paid for.

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