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Census: Residents urged to complete once-in-a-decade national survey

Residents are being urged to take part in the Census 2021.

Forms with online codes have been delivered to homes across the district ahead of Census Day ­tomorrow (Sunday).

The Census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the government the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Census 2021 logo (45190885)
Census 2021 logo (45190885)

It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at Office for National Statistics, said: “A successful Census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales.

“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 ten 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.”

Although Census Day is Sunday, people can complete their forms early if confident of their situation on March 21.

The form can be filled in on paper, or online using the code on the front of the forms.

Anyone needing help to complete the Census questionnaire can call a local Census Support Centre to book an appointment with an adviser.

The centres are available throughout March and are covid-19 compliant for those visiting in person.

The nearest centre to Newark is Mansfield Community Voluntary Service, Community House, 36 Wood Street, Mansfield.

Anyone needing access to a computer to complete their Census questionnaire, can book the use of a computer at Newark Library by calling 01623 677 200.

To speak with a Census adviser, or if you have any questions about the Census, call 0800 141 2021.

This number is for general enquiries and you cannot complete your questionnaire this way.

You can request a paper version of the questionnaire by calling 0800 876 6276.

Census 2021 will be the most inclusive ever. Many questions allow people to self-define themselves by writing in their own response if they want to.

“It’s really important we all take time to update our data for Census 2021,” said the leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, David Lloyd.

“Collected together, our data produces statistics that will help local organisations with decisions on how to shape the future of our district as well as driving investment in services such as transport, housing, education and health.

“It also means local groups and charities have up-to-date data which will help them in securing funding for projects and identifying those areas which need support.

“The Census has been in place for over 200 years and whilst personal data is recorded, personal information is kept safe and confidential by law.”

Taking part in the Census is a legal requirement, and non-return of the questionnaire will result in contact from the Census team, and is fineable by law.

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.

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

For more information, go to www.Census.gov.uk

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