Everyone will benefit from Census 2021: opengraph

04 Mar 2021

Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Bristol households sent wide-ranging survey

Households across Bristol will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this March.

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

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 the Office for National Statistics, 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’s and dentists’ services.

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

Census day will be on March 21, but the questionnaire can be completed sooner. Households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. 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.

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

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Information from the census helps decide how vital services are planned and funded across Bristol so, whether it’s improving bus routes, schools, parks or mental health care services, everyone benefits from taking part. Understanding who lives in an area is very important in making sure we provide the right support to people, so a successful census will help Bristol communities get the resources and services they need for the next 10 years. As these are things that matter to us all, I would urge everyone to complete the questionnaire.’’

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit www.census.gov.uk.