Salford’s iconic BBC building will be lit purple tonight Red Nose Day (19 March) but it’s all in a good cause.
The whole MediaCityUK Estate will change colour from dusk on Friday March 19 to Tuesday 23 March to encourage everyone to take part in the national #Census2021. Sunday 21 March is officially Census Day, but the survey can be completed before or after that date.
The survey, carried out every ten years, uses statistical information from the census to build a picture of local populations with questions about employment, qualifications, health and commuting patterns.
Those statistics then help determine funding for vital public services such as health, transport and education.
Salford Civic Centre, Swinton will also be lit purple on Sunday evening.
City Mayor Paul Dennett urged local people to make sure Salford’s population is accurately recorded – and reminded people that it is a legal requirement to complete the survey.
“All personal information is kept private for 100 years but the statistics and general information the census provides is invaluable. This will build a profile of Salford so we can secure funding and tailor services to people’s needs whether those are based on age, ethnicity or the stage of life people are at,” he said.
“It’s also a chance to write yourself and your family into history for future generations and historians to discover.”
Census 2021, which is being run in England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the first to be carried out predominantly online although paper copies and alternative formats can be requested from the ONS.
The ONS helpline 0800 141 2021 is open Monday to Friday and all this weekend from 8am to 8pm but lines are expected to be busy or people can find help on the Census website.
Salford City Council is also offering phone calls or video sessions to help as part of its Better Off coffee and chat sessions – normally used for help with issues such as benefits or council tax. They can be booked by calling the Spirit of Salford phone line free on 0800 952 1000 or on our Census 2021 page where other national and local sources of help are also listed.