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Census – 2021 – is now live!

The census is now live and you should all receive your own letters this week to enable you to complete the census. 

Over the weekend, a considerable amount of additional information and material was added to the website www.census.gov.uk which you might find interesting and useful.

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society – households in Rogate along with every household in the country who will soon be asked to take part in the once-in-a-decade survey.

The Census 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.

This 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.

A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.   “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.

Census day will be on Sunday 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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll help make sure your community gets the services it needs.

Census Support Service in West Sussex Libraries

West Sussex Libraries are part of the national Census Support Service. Library staff can help support residents who live in Adur, Worthing, Arun and Chichester to complete their census forms online.

As libraries are currently not open for browsing or computer use, we can complete the form online for residents over the phone. To book an appointment with one of our staff, who are all trained Census Support Advisors, phone 0330 222 3455 Monday to Friday between 10.00am – 4.00pm.