The Census is coming. On 21 March 2021, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will once again be calling upon the people of England and Wales to complete a census form. The census is vital to understanding the makeup of a population, as well as highlighting changes in the past decade, and helps to inform decisions such as planning policy, housing need, public transport, demand for schools and healthcare, provision of care homes, and equality legislation, to name but a few.
There will be several different ways to join in with the census and plenty of support available for those in need.
Completing the questionnaire online
If someone has access to the internet, it’s easy to fill in the census questionnaire online. At the start of March, every household will receive a pack in the post containing instructions and a unique and secure access code that allows them to login.
Completing the questionnaire on paper
If someone’s not confident online there’s no need to worry. From March, anyone can order a paper questionnaire by calling the census contact centre for free on 0800 141 2021 or by visiting the census’ online help page.
Support on hand
Whichever way someone choses to complete their questionnaire, there’s plenty of free support on hand. This includes:
The online questionnaire is also compatible with most assistive technologies.
Worried about your data? Nobody can access this - not the Home Office, not DWP, not the Police. Data sets are created using amalgamated information, where individuals cannot be identified, and all data is stored in the UK.
Please visit www.census.gov.uk for more information.
Added: Thursday, 4 March 2021