Census 2021 - nearly upon us

It's Census week!

Image from Census website

With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in Birmingham.

The letters, with your unique access codes have all gone out and responses are already coming in.

The Library of Birmingham will also be reminding everyone to take part as it lights up purple - the colour of Census 2021 - this weekend to coincide with Census Day on Sunday (21 March).

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” says Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics. “It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers. It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it.

The questionnaire includes 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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit the census website or call 0800 141 2021.

Article posted 15 March 2021.

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