Census day is here - it's about us!
Published 17th March 2021
Census day on Sunday 21 March is fast approaching – and letters, with each household’s unique access codes, have all gone out to homes in Sandwell.
The census questionnaire includes questions about 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.
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.”
Sandwell Council deputy leader Councillor Maria Crompton added: “It helps us understand what Sandwell 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.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
Do you have to take part?
You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000.
When should you fill in your census questionnaire?
Census day is Sunday 21 March 2021, but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date, even if you're filling it in before then.
Will the government use the information you have shared to identify you?
No. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census in England and Wales. The Census team will only ever publish anonymous information from the census. In fact, it's a crime to share personal census information and any information you provide is protected.
What if you cannot fill in your census questionnaire online?
Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If not, there is a wide range of support services available.
- guidance and support in many languages and formats
- help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media
- a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
- accessible census guidance, for example, in braille
If you need help filling in your census, call 0800 141 2021.
For more information visit the Census 2021 website.
Be scam aware
- At no point will you be asked for your bank details or any payment
- Help to fill out your form is free
- You will not receive any payment for completing the census, so any offers of money in exchange for your account details will be fraudulent
- No one will enter your home in relation to the census
If you or someone you know has been a targeted by a scam you should report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040. For advice and information on how to check if something might be a scam, visit the Citizens Advice website.