Census 2021 - new questions for this year

A different look to the census

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For the first time, the census will be 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.

By taking part and telling the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about yourself, you will help make sure you and your community get the services and support needed.

Census 2021 will ask if you’ve served in the UK Armed Forces and the information you share will help the ONS 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.

Census 2021 also 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.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post.

Remember, it’s up to you to decide how you would like to answer each question. Do it in the way that you feel best represents you.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help or advice, visit the Census website


Article posted 22 February 2021

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