Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

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Households across Wiltshire will be asked to take part in Census 2021 on Sunday 21 March

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Filling in your census questionnaire will help everyone from central government to councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services, such as healthcare, education and transport. 

Census 2021 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.

Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at ONS, said:

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP and dental services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete one online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 and households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help in completing the census, there’s a wide range of support services available. These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone, and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.  

For more information and advice visit census.gov.uk.

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