Update 8 March 2021
Census day is 21st March 2021 and I have been asked to circulate the following information:
There are lots of Census resources you can share with people/organisations that you communicate with in your area:
(Further resources available at Downloadable resources - Census 2021)
We have two dedicated ‘Census Support Centres’ (CSC) in East Suffolk – one at the Marina Centre in Lowestoft which will be operated by staff from East Suffolk Customer Services, and one at the Station House in Campsea Ashe operated by the social enterprise there. They will not be open to the public at present, but can offer telephone assistance with completion of a Census form and answer general enquiries.
Marina Centre CSC: 01502 523523
Station House, Campsea Ashe CSC: 07856810828
The Census will be held this year on 21st March. This is a once in every 10 years opportunity for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to collect vital statistics about our area which help to inform the services we provide for our residents and the funding we receive for future projects.
It’s really important that our community groups are fully represented in the Census, and we’d appreciate your help in spreading the message that the Census is happening and encouraging those groups/individuals that you engage with to take part.
If you are aware of anyone that might require additional assistance completing the Census or has any concerns about the Census please refer them through to our Census Engagement Manager, Tim Buttle who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07452 948033. Tim has already made contact with some local groups but would be pleased to hear from you if he hasn’t already met with you.
The ONS has produced some useful resources for community groups to use in their Census engagement activity, including a Census Community Groups Handbook - Census2021_A4_English_CommunityHandbook_CHDE1-A. Further resources are available on the website here (which can be filtered on the left of the page to ‘Community Groups’ and then by language): Downloadable resources - Census 2021
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us 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.
It 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.
“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.
“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, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
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.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk
The Community Handbook is also available for more information.