Campaign asks people to tick “no religion” option on Census
A campaign by Humanists UK is encouraging people who are not in any meaningful sense religious to tick the “no religion” option on the 2021 Census.
In England and Wales, the question is “What is your religion?”, and the non-religious option is “No religion”. In Northern Ireland the question is “What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?”, and the non-religious option is “None”.
The leading nature of the question and resulting distortion of the facts matters because Census results are used by government and local authorities to make important policy decisions. These include how to allocate funding to state services such as education, health, social care, and pastoral care.
Read more about the campaign: “If you’re not religious, say so!”