Census benefits in more ways than you think

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

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

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “The information collected in the census benefits everyone in Wrexham as these figures are used by the government to help them determine funding levels, so the information you give has real value for you and your community. There simply isn’t anything else that offers so much detail about the society in which we live.”

“By taking part in the census, which takes just a small amount of your time, you are helping your community to get the services it needs for the next ten years and beyond. The census has the potential to transform lives for the better, so it’s really important that you take part over the next couple of days – if you haven’t already done so.”

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Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at the 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 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.

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.

In Wales, households are being asked a specific question about their Welsh language skills. And those who wish to complete the census in Welsh can do so both online and in paper form. There are “Cymraeg” and “English” buttons to switch between languages at any time online, and on paper you can use Welsh and English on the same form.

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, or to find out how to get help, visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 169 2021.

Census 2021 is for now – and generations to come

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