The Office for National Statistics (ONS) manage the census, with some support from local authorities. For more information on their work, and how they manage the census, please visit the ONS website.
Why is the census important?
Historically, our borough has had a very good response rate to the census. In 2011, over 88 percent of properties completed the census form. This is important, because it allows government, agencies and charities to have a detailed picture of our residents and their needs.
The census informs policy decisions, and directly impacts the funding that our borough receives. For example, the census information helps to identify:
- areas of deprivation, which receive targeted funding and initiatives
- the number of people with a disability, which directly impacts our funding for disability services
- car ownership and usage, which will inform our air pollution, parking and road traffic management policies.
When is the census and what do you need to do?
The ONS will send a letter to all properties towards the end of February 2021 with details for how to complete your census form.
The majority of properties will be asked to complete the form online.
When you receive the letter from ONS, please complete the census form as soon as possible, and no later than 30 April 2021.