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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Westerleigh Parish  and across the country 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,” 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.”

Census day will be on March 21 2021, 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.

For more information, visit: www.census.gov.uk or contact this Parish Council