Ready, Steady, Census!

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Friday, 19 February, 2021

Households across Redbridge will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives 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.

This year it will be the first digital census, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. Paper copy and language support is available upon request.

“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 services like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes will benefit. That is 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.” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.

Census day will be on 21st March 2021, and households across the country will receive letters with online access codes allowing them to take part.

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.

Remember, by filling in your census questionnaire, you’re helping make sure you and your community get the services needed for the next 10 years and beyond. That’s why it’s so important to take part.

Anyone needing help to complete the census can do so by calling 0800 141 2021.

There is also a support line for translation 0800 587 2021. Personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

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