Reason for Placeholder

Mnemonic (reference code): PLREASON

Type: Primary variable

Definition: A placeholder form was completed during the field operation for each valid household or communal establishment that did not return a census questionnaire. The reasons for placeholder form completion include: non-residential property;  refusal of resident to complete a questionnaire; an absent

household; a second home; a holiday home; or a vacant property.

Applicability: Household and Communal

Classification:

Code

Name

1

Internet completion

2

Non-residential

3

Derelict

4

Demolished

5

Address not applicable

6

Household refusal

7

Household Non-return

8

Household Absent

9

Household New build but not yet occupied

10

Household holiday accommodation or second residence

11

Household vacant dwelling

12

Communal establishment refusal

13

Communal establishment non-return

14

Communal establishment absent

15

Communal establishment vacant

X

No code required

Total number of categories: 16

Not applicable category (X) comprises: All households and communal establishments that have completed a census return

Reason for asking: This information is used to distinguish between occupied and unoccupied households for use during coverage assessment and adjustment. For addresses where a completed census questionnaire was returned at a later date, the placeholder form was deleted.

Scotland (2001) comparisons:

In 2001, household spaces which were identified by the enumerator as absents, refusals or non-returns but which did not subsequently have a household imputed by the adjustment process were classified as vacant in output. This is different from the approach taken in 2011, when they were classified as second/holiday homes. This is because, as part of the quality assurance process, these counts were compared with council tax returns, and this suggested that second/holiday homes was a more appropriate category for refusals. The guidance given to enumerators also suggested that these households spaces were unlikely to be vacant.

Tables:

To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.