The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.
Census day is March 21 2021. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving you details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. You will also receive a unique access code, inviting you to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.
The census will only take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups. Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.
The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh). You can also phone the contact centre on 0800 141 2021 or visit a support centres offering assistance.
Further information about support available from our Lancashire Libraries will be available shortly.
If you don't complete the questionnaire, you could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.
Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.