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Census 2021

Chadwick End Parish Council Census 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Birmingham will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed”, Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. 

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 

The census will include 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. 

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Your will shortly be receiving postcards and letters from the Office for National Statistics inviting them to complete the 2021 Census.

ONS is aiming for 80% completion online but residents will be able to request paper forms.

For Solihull, the library service is working in partnership with ONS and the Good Things Foundation, a national charity for digital inclusion, to offer support for residents to complete their Census form if they do not have computer access.

This service will run from March 1st to May 4th (the official Census date is 21 March) and will be a phone line/email address where residents can leave a message and staff will contact them within one working day.

The service will include general advice on questions but we can also complete the Census form over the phone with residents supplying the information. In addition we can provide contact details for further support.

All staff working on this have signed confidentiality agreements and undergone training and all contacts will be from council premises using secure equipment.

More information is at:

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/news/working-together-deliver-successful-census-2021

https://www.solihull.gov.uk/About-Solihull/Census-2021