2021 Census - 21 March 2021 -
Please complete yours if you have not already done so.
This year the census took place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and it is hoped that the majority of forms have been completed online.
Whilst the census date was 21st March, it is acknowledged that not everyone is comfortable or familiar with completing an online document and you may not have completed your census yet. You will need to complete it as soon as possible.
A census has taken place in England every ten years since 1801 (with the exception of 1941). A census gathers information about our society so that appropriate services can be put in place for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.
Fans of TV programmes such as “Who Do You Think You Are” will know the value of historic census data to family historians and genealogists, but data from the census impacts our lives every day, often without us even realising it.
Did you know that water companies use census data to anticipate peak water demand? Or that the NHS uses census data to plan a wide range of services such as hospitals and GP surgeries, mobile chiropodists and home support? Everything from schools to care home places are planned using census data to make sure that the needs of all age groups are met.
Every aspect of our lives is impacted by the census, so it is vital that everyone participates to ensure the best possible understanding of the structure and needs of our society.
By taking part, you can make sure that your community is represented and gets its share of public and other funding to ensure the provision of services now and in the future.
The next census official census date is Sunday 21st March 2021, but Census 2021 will be the first time that everyone will be able to complete the census online at any time from the beginning of March 2021.
You will receive a letter with your unique access code and will be able to complete the census online using any device.
Help will be available if you need it by phone, email or text. You will also be able to use web-chat or social media, or drop into a Covid-compliant Census Support Centre. Guidance will be available in a range of languages and accessible formats, and the paper option will still be available if needed.
The census is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which operates completely independently of government and of any private sector interests.
All information submitted for the census is stored securely and anonymised. No personal data is ever sold nor is it shared with any other government department.
Information from the census is only released after 100 years when your descendants may be tracing their own family history.
Please make sure that you support your community by participating in Census 2021.
For more information go to https://census.gov.uk/ or on social media @Census 2021
It's About Us
The Office for National Statistics will be hosting virtual census support events for the communities of Essex.
These virtual workshops will talk residents through both the online and paper versions of the census form, provide guidance on how to complete it, and answer any questions they may have. There will be the opportunity for participants to have one-to-one support, in a virtual space, or to ask any confidential questions.
Join us for our Census 2021 - Virtual Support Session:
- · Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 15:00
Please register soon as space is limited.
This is a virtual event.
Please register for your free place via the link below and we will send you the log-in details 24 hours before the event.
Residents of Essex can register for their free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/144016562415
Posted on 19/03/2021