The census is coming

Salford residents are being urged to show their support for vital public services by completing the census this month.

It’s now just a few weeks to Census Day, 21 March, and City Mayor Paul Dennett is urging residents to complete the survey as funding for transport, education and health is based on statistics drawn from it. Salford could miss out on vital financial support if its population is not accurately recorded.

“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) will be the first to be carried out predominantly online. Every household will be sent a unique digital code and asked to complete the form on Sunday 21 March, census day, or as soon afterwards as possible.

Paper copies and alternative formats can be requested from the ONS website which also has details of how to get help completing either format. It is a legal requirement to complete the census.

Mayor Dennett said the council will also help anyone who is not confident about completing the census online.

“We have online Better Off (cloudchat) coffee and chat sessions. Normally these are for help with issues such as benefits or council tax but anyone is welcome to book a session to get help with completing the census. The session can be done over the phone or by video call,” he said.

You can book a session online for yourself or someone else or call the Spirit of Salford helpline free on 0800 952 1000 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

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Date published
Friday 5 March 2021

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