Census 2021: What Northamptonshire residents should expect

Households will begin receiving information packs about the census from next month

The census can be completed online.
The census can be completed online.

A census will take place across the country in March this year to help central Government and local organisations understand the needs of the nation.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs census 2021, the results from which will inform where public funding is spent on services such as transport, education and health.

The census, which happens every ten years, will take place on 21 March 2021 and will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, the inequalities people are experiencing, and it will ensure the big decisions facing the country following the coronavirus pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible.

Gwen Rhys, one of Northamptonshire’s ONS census engagement managers, said: “I’ve been talking to lots of individuals, community groups and parish councils over the past few months and everyone is excited about being part of this year’s census.

“The online form is easy to complete and takes no more than 10 minutes per person, and there is help available for anyone who needs it.

"Everything is explained in the census information packs, which households will receive next month.”

Theresa Grant, chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council, said: “Information gathered in the census is used by local councils to ensure recommendations to politicians are based on sound evidence.

“Therefore, as we prepare to launch the two new councils, I would urge every householder to take part in the census, speak to neighbours and friends and encourage them to take part so that future decisions are made with the very best information.”

In March households will begin receiving information packs which will explain how to complete the census and will also include a code to allow them to do so online.

Residents can also request a paper questionnaire if they would prefer to complete the census that way.

Census 2021 will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

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.

Any information that is published following the census is fully anonymised by ONS, which is an independent organisation, separate from the government.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit the census website.

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