The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve communities.
Every household in England and Wales should have now received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.
Craig Cheney, Cabinet member for Finance, Governance and Performance said:
“The census is extremely valuable in helping Bristol plan for the future success of our city and the information from the census is used in bidding for funding to benefit us all. By taking the 10 minutes to fill out the census you are playing your part in ensuring that your family and community receive the services they need most. Once you have filled out yours, encourage family and friends to do the same. We are delighted to be joining this national event by illuminating City Hall and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to recognise the importance of the census.”
In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.
Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:
“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.
“We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.
“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Bristol City Council for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”.
If you need any help, or to request a paper copy, you can visit www.census.gov.uk The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. There are also local support centres in Bristol.