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Harlow households to take part in Census 2021

Communities / Mon 15th Feb 2021 at 01:52pm

HOUSEHOLDS in Harlow will soon receive details on how they can take part in Census 2021, a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics and Wales, has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

This year, census day takes place on Sunday 21 March, but households will soon receive letters that include online codes and information explaining how to take part.

The survey, which this year will be predominantly online, is quick and easy do and includes questions about residents’ 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.

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch said: “Understanding our population and the needs of our communities really does help to inform our planning and funding of public services at a local level.

“Nationally, census outputs inform where millions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health.

“I would urge residents to take a look at the letters when they receive them and please take part.”

As well as informing funding of public services, information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use this information as evidence to receive funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data.

It also provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

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, GPs and dentist services.

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

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

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

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