The Census 2021 is coming

Published: 8 February 2021

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Census 2021 is on Sunday 21st March

The Census 2021 is taking place on Sunday 21st March and households in Derby will soon be receiving letters asking them to take part.

The census, which is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales and is used by the government, local authorities and many other organisations to help shape the services you need, like healthcare, education and transport.

This time the survey will be largely online and due to the coronavirus pandemic the safety of the public will be the main priority. The ONS is making sure its plans are in line with government safety guidelines.

In early March, households will be sent a letter with a unique access code to allow you to complete the census online using any device, including your mobile phone or tablet.

The letter will include how to access help and support to complete the form online and how to access a paper copy if required.  There will be some households that receive a paper copy of the questionnaire with their letter.

Following Census Day, at the end of March and into April, census field officers will be visiting households from who have not completed a census form. They will encourage people to complete the census or provide access to further help if you need it. Field officers will never need to enter your house and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) working in line with government guidance.

Find out more about what the census is and how to take part at the Census 2021 website

Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing said:

The ten yearly census is a really important event that can shape local policy and financing for the next ten years, so it is vital that the residents of Derby do their bit and complete their forms as soon as possible.

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