Census Day 2021 is on the horizon - don’t forget to take part
Published: Friday, March 12, 2021
Census Day 2021 is now only days away and households across the country - including Wandsworth - are all being asked to take part.
The census is run by the Office for National Statistics and provides the most up-to-date and accurate snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941 when the country was at war.
The information is used to help deliver vital public services.
The data helps central government and organisations like councils and health authorities plan and properly fund public services and helps determine where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and GP surgeries and even bus routes.
Emergency services use the data to allocate resources and plan services based on a local area’s characteristics. In London the Metropolitan Police uses census information to help decide where its crime prevention efforts should be focused and to map potential crime hotspots.
Charities and voluntary organisations often use the information to apply for funding and it helps businesses better understand their customers and decide where to open new shops and offices. It also provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.
Census day is March 21 and will be compiled predominantly online.
All households should have now received a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire online – but people can also request a paper questionnaire if they prefer.
The Census 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.
Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics said: “The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.
“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete on online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”
For more information, and to find out how to get help, visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.