Census 2021

As you will be aware the Census 2021 is happening on 21st March 2021.

Staff and volunteers from Feeding Gainsborough will be on hand to help fill out the online form if you don’t have access to internet, IT equipment, or are not familiar with using online information.

We can assist either in our office at 2 Market Place, adhering to social distancing rules, or by telephone. Give us a call on 01427 378214 to book your appointment!

Census 2021 will be “digital first” meaning it’ll be mainly online. We know there are people who’ll find this challenging. The census offers a wide range of support services to make sure the census is as accessible and inclusive as possible. These include:

  • guidance and support in many languages and formats
  • help in local centres with trained staff and online access
  • a contact centre to give help over the phone, in a webchat, webform, email and SMS
  • field staff contacting households that have not yet filled in their form
  • accessible census questionnaires, for example, in Large Print
  • the option to request paper questionnaires

What is the census?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. It tells us what our needs are now, and what they’re likely to be in the future. It also gives a snapshot of how we live, for future generations to look back on.

Knowing what your community’s needs are helps organisations like councils plan and fund public services in your area and across England and Wales. Information you give informs where billions of pounds of funding is spent on things like transport, education and health.

Without the census – and without people in your community telling us about their household and home – it would be much more difficult to do this. That’s why it’s so important everyone takes part.

No one from the ONS or Census 2021 will ever ask for payment to help anyone to fill in their questionnaire.