Town Clerk's Office, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD

Census 2021

November 10, 2020

Households across Dorset, along with the rest of England and Wales, will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

Blandford Forum Town Council staff are receiving training to offer support to residents with completing their forms this year.

The Office of National Statistics has confirmed that it intends to run Census 2021, as planned at this stage: “Given the many challenges faced by households as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government believes this Census will be of vital importance in understanding these challenges and the support people need to overcome them.

The census is a ten-yearly 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. Those residents who are unable to complete the Census digitally will be supported by a phone helpline, a network of Census Support Centres or by ordering a paper Census.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” said Philip Eades,  the Census Engagement Manager for the area covered by Dorset Council. 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” he continued.

Census day will be on Sunday March 21st 2021 with households across the country receiving 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. 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.

Initial results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. Residents can be assured that the Census form is completely confidential and personal data is not shared until the Census is opened up 100 years later. On that subject Census 1921 will be available for research early in 2021.

For more information visit census.gov.uk, follow @CensusDorset on Twitter or contact Philip Eades on 07452 948119 or by e mail at philip.eades98@field.census.gov.uk

Visit www.census.gov.uk for more information.

The Office for National Statistics is working to make Census 2021 the most accessible census yet. Listed in the Accessible Support Routes document are some of the routes they have developed to ensure everybody can participate.

Last modified: February 10, 2021

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