Reason for placeholder
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
Total number of categories 16
|5||Address not applicable|
|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 - 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) comparison
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.