The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors' surgeries and bike lanes. It's important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales. Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it. Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (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 ● accessible census guidance, for example, in braille.
We want to make sure the census informs us about all communities so that public services meet everyone's needs. Ethnicity, religion and national identity The ONS will ask you about your ethnicity, religion and national identity. You can identify with your chosen background, religion and national identity. If you cannot find the option you require, you can use the search-as-you-type function. Alternatively, you can request a paper questionnaire. That will allow to you write in the identity that you feel most accurately represents you. Sexual orientation and gender identity Census 2021 asks voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time. This is to give us more accurate information on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. It will help organisations combat any inequalities these groups face and show where services are needed. The ONS will only ask people aged 16 years and over these voluntary questions. If you do not feel comfortable identifying on the same form as the rest of your household, you can request an individual census questionnaire and answer separately.
For the first time, the census will ask if you've served in the UK Armed Forces. The information you share will help us understand the numbers, locations and ages of our armed forces community. This will show where resources and services are needed to make sure those who have served, and their families, are treated fairly. You only need to answer this question if you are aged 16 years or above.
There is a help area on the census website. It covers everything from who to include on the questionnaire to how to answer each question. If you cannot find what you need there, there's a dedicated contact centre where census staff will be on hand to give help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media. If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there's a wide range of support services available.
Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 11:05 by Joanne Hebden