Take part in Census 2021

Every household in Salford will be asked to take part in Census 2021 in March whicih is being run by the Office of National Statistics.

The census gives the most accurate estimate of people and households in England and Wales so national and local government can put services and funding where they are most needed.

Government funding is based on numbers of people, so if the census is not accurate Salford gets less money for vital public services.

Local authorities don’t see information about individual households, just overall statistics to get a picture of who makes up Salford’s population.

Do we have more families or more single households? More older people than people of working age? Which ethnic groups or groups of people with disabilities are in the city who may need specific services?

It’s all vital information to shape everything from housing to the day to day services people need.

The census has been carried out every ten years since 1801 apart from in 1941 during World War Two so it’s also your chance to write yourself and your family into history. Personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.

Census day

Census day will be on 21 March 2021 and this will be the first census to be run predominantly online.

Most households across the country will receive a letter with a unique access code from early March allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. The rest will receive paper forms, which will also be available for those unable to complete the census.

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.

Don’t miss your chance to help secure vital funds for public services and take your place in history with Census 2021.

Census questions and answers

What is the census?

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey run by the Office of National Statistics. It gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The information you give helps decide how vital public services are planned and funded in Salford. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

When is it happening?

Census day is 21 March. Households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?

The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in Salford. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities. It really is important you take part. You could face prosecution, a hefty fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record for not completing your questionnaire. It really is that important and you will become part of history.

How long will it take?

The census will take around ten minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

What if English is not my first language?

Translation booklets are available to download. If your language is not represented, please contact the customer contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

Click on the help pages for support. There is general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides in English and Welsh.

You can also phone the contact centre on 0800 141 2021 or visit one of our support centres offering assistance. 

Please visit Census21 for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.

This page was last updated on 11 December 2020

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