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GET READY: Become a part of history with Census 2021

 Published on: 26th December 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Households across the UK will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (OfNS), is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives them the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. 

It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941 due to the war. 

By collecting information from every household, a unique and detailed snapshot is taken of modern life, documenting the lifestyle and characteristics of the population. The census will include 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.

The 2021 Census 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 OfNS, said: “A successful Census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, 2021, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. 

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. These provide a wealth of information for genealogists, historians and family tree enthusiasts.

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