Issued 08 February 2021
Households across South Hams will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. 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.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “The Census is a crucially important process that allows Councils to see the demand for services in each area. It means we can make sure that sufficient amenities are in place for each community in the South Hams and funding goes where it’s needed. "It affects everything, from healthcare to waste management to education, so I hope that everybody in the South Hams fills out their Census questionnaire to provide us with the best picture possible of our population. It’s easier than ever with the first predominantly online census, so please take part.”
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.
Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at Office for National Statistics, said: “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.
“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.”
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