Census day was Sunday, but it is vital those who have not yet completed, do so as soon as possible.
Sunday March 21 marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.
However, for those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available.
“The information you provide needs to be about who usually lives in your household on Census Day, which was Sunday March 21, however if you’ve haven’t completed it yet, please do so – there’s still time to,” the Office for National Statistics’ deputy national statistician Iain Bell said.
“Every household should have received their letter inviting them to take part and we’ve had a great response so far. If you haven’t, or you have misplaced your letter, you can head online to www.census.gov.uk and request a new unique access code.
“There is plenty of help available, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres.
“Field officers will soon start calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part.
“They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.”
The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.
The ONS will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify you in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.
If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information, including how to find a local census support centre, please visit www.census.gov.uk.
Census Day is Sunday 21 March – but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the
post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date. We’re aiming to make it easy for everyone to take part in Census 2021.
My name is John Floyd, and I am the Census Engagement Manager for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Households across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, alongside the rest of England and Wales will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
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. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes which is why it is so important everyone takes part. We have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.
Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
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.
Census Engagement Manager
West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
For more information, visit census.gov.uk
The census is happening in March 2021.
This handbook explains what the census is, why it matters to everyone and how we can work together to spread the word within your community.