The census will be held on 21 March 2021. While results will be available the following year, all personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides a snapshot of households in England and Wales, helping to plan and fund public services.
For the first time, the census will be run primarily online, making it easy for most people to complete the questionnaire on any device — whether that be a computer, a mobile phone or a tablet. Local census support centres will be offering help, while paper questionnaires will be available for those who need them. All census staff will operate in line with the Government’s latest COVID-19 guidance.
The 2021 Census will include a new question on veterans of the UK Armed Forces, as well as voluntary questions, for those aged 16 and over, on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Walsall’s residents and help make Census 2021 a success. Amy Hollis, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the borough raise awareness of the census and the value to residents in taking part.
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader for Resilient Communities said:
“Although COVID-19 has stopped a lot of things from happening, it isn’t stopping the annual census from taking place. I’m pleased about that because the information people give will help inform how public services are planned and funded. Ultimately, it ensures funds are invested to meet the population’s need in emergency services, health care, school places and other vital services.
“Our communications team is already working closely with the regional census engagement manager to provide expert local knowledge on how to reach all of our communities and I know our community and faith organisations will step up, as they always do, to support us in assisting any residents who may need some help.
“The history of the census is fascinating; I’m sure most of us have a memory of being taught at school about William the Conqueror ordering the production of the Domesday Book. This detailed inventory of land and property was a huge undertaking at the time, taking several years to complete. I’m sure the staff at the Office for National Statistics are very thankful for modern technology.
“There is historical rivalry between people from Bloxwich and Walsall and it’s amusing to think of all the heated arguments in pubs over the years, with the final insult from the Bloxwich man possibly being to point out that Walsall isn’t even in the Domesday Book!”
Pete Benton, Director of Census and Survey Operations, said:
“The census engagement managers and community advisers we have appointed have a critical role in making sure everyone understands why the census is important and making sure all households across England and Wales know why it is important to take part and how to get the help they need.”
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For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk
History of the modern census https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011census/howourcensusworks/aboutcensuses/censushistory/themoderncensus
Two hundred years of the census https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/2011census/howourcensusworks/aboutcensuses/censushistory/200yearsofthecensus
To reach your local census engagement manager, contact: