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The Census is coming 2021

All households across the Wirral will soon be asked to take part in this nationwide survey. Shortly after the 1st March, households will receive a letter in the post which will contain unique access code that will allow you to complete the survey online - paper questionnaires are available upon request.

 

Census day is Sunday 21st March 2021

 

Information from the Census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean new services like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

 

Help is available to assist you in completing the census. You can access online advice for completing the Census or free phone 0800 141 2021 for support, alternatively you can ask a friend, relative or other trusted person to help you.

 

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

 

Some of your questions answered…

 

Do I have to take part?

If you live in England and Wales, you must take part in the census. Census information helps inform how billions of pounds of public funding is spent. By taking around 10 minutes per person to fill in the census questionnaire, you will help make sure your community gets the services needed now and in the future.

 

Will the government use the information I share to identify me?

No. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census in England and Wales. We only ever publish anonymous information from the census. In fact, it’s a crime to share personal census information and anything you tell us is protected.

 

What if I do not identify with the census options?

The census asks you about your ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, religion and national identity. It’s up to you to decide how you would like to answer each question. Do it in the way that you feel best represents you.

 

Could information I share affect my benefits or immigration status?

No. The information you share in the census cannot be used to influence benefit claims, a residency application, immigration status or your taxes. The ONS is independent from government. This means officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see your census information.

 

For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk

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