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Ready, steady, census!

The Census is here!

Sunday 21st March 2021 is almost upon us when all residents in England and Wales will be asked to complete their census information

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The importance of the census cannot be overestimated as the information gathered helps the government and local authorities help direct funding for schools, hospitals/healthcare, housing and local transport, something that affects us all.

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank all our partners for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

Every household in England and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Census day is March 21, but you can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household.

Papers forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support. If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit our website www.census.gov.uk.  Our census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England) is available if you can’t find the help you need online.

More about the Census.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.