Completing census will help council services

Published Friday, 5 February 2021

Residents are being encouraged to look out for details about the forthcoming, once in a decade, census which will be distributed to all households.

This March, all households will need to complete the survey questionnaire which is distributed and organised by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).  Whilst individual’s details are kept confidential, the overall results are used by the government and other bodies, including local councils.

Councillor Graham Arthur, Executive Councillor for Resources, Commissioning and Contracts Management, says “It is vitally important that everyone completes their census, with most of us doing this online.  As well as really helping with service planning, what might not be appreciated is that the data also impacts on how government supports funding for local authorities.

Councillor Arthur continued, “The local details contained in the census help us plan services to better provide for residents.  If we know the size of our older population pensioner population, we can better prepare for increased demand for older people services and likewise, the same is true for children too. If we all complete our census, we give our services a better chance to prepare for the future and your support with this will be really appreciated.”

Census Day is Sunday 21 March and before this date, households will either receive an access code with instructions for completing the census online, or a paper questionnaire. Office of National Statistics (ONS) will provide support services to help with completing the census and paper questionnaires can be sent if needed.

Further information about the national census is available at with local information available on the council’s website


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