Census 2021 – 21 March

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Census day is here
With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing locally. The letters,
with your unique access codes, have all gone out and responses are already coming in.
“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and
Wales,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at Office for National Statistics, said.
“It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve
had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops,
phones and computers.
“It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms
available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”
Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be
deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help
and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is
required by law.
This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you
type online and write-in options on paper if they need it. The questionnaire includes
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.
To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or
call 0800 141 2021

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