The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.
For those of you who don’t know, 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.
Census 2021 is a unique opportunity to inform decisions that help shape communities. It will highlight areas of deprivation, it will show the ethnic make-up of the country, it will provide information on our living arrangements, healthcare, education, transport and the jobs we do and the data from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come. It will also provide us with important insights into the impact of the pandemic on our society. That’s why it’s so important that you fill in your census questionnaire.
Without the information you share, it would be more difficult to understand our community’s needs and plan and fund public services. Not only do councils and the NHS use this data but also charities when they need evidence and data for funding applications. So, you can see how important it is for your own community here in Southwark.
Census Day is on Sunday 21 March and ahead of that, the Office for National Statistics will send you a letter in the post with an access code and instructions.You can do your census online as soon as you get yours. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.
The ONS aims to make things as easy as possible for everyone, but if you need help taking part in the census, there’s a wide range of support services available. You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including guidance and help in many languages and formats, a paper version of the questionnaire if you prefer, and also accessible census guidance, for example, in braille .
There is a help area on the census website at www.census.gov.uk . It covers everything from who to include on the questionnaire to how to answer each question. Also click to see the "Census 2021 Your questions answered" leaflet.
Interestingly, the census has a strong record of being carried out as it has taken place every decade since 1801 - with the exception of 1941, during World War Two. In fact, it even took place following the last pandemic involving the Spanish Flu in 1921.
We’ll be keeping you updated on census news as Census Day approaches, so look out for more information in future publications. There are also a range of local jobs with Census 2021 on offer and you can find out more at www.censusjobs.co.uk You can also contact the local Census Engagement Manager Keith directly via email [email protected] or call 07452 934 971 who will be happy to help.