Time to complete Census 2021
Households across Dudley are being reminded it’s time to complete Census 2021.
Census day is Sunday (March 21) and over the last couple of weeks letters have been dropping through residents’ doors with online codes and details on how to take part.
It will be the first census to be run predominantly online, but residents can request a paper questionnaire if they prefer.
Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge libraries are offering census support to anyone who needs help completing the form. Call Dudley Library on 01384 815560, Halesowen Library on 01384 812983 or Stourbridge Library on 01384 812945.
A national contact centre is also offering support on 0800 141 2021.
Run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census is a once-in-a-decade survey which gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.
It provides essential information for government, local authorities, businesses, charities and the community to plan and deliver services, reach those who need help and secure funding.
Billions of pounds of public money is distributed using census figures on services such as transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council said:
The census provides a unique snapshot of our borough.
Completing it benefits everyone as it collects vital information about how many people live in the area and the kind of services they need, which directly relates to the amount of funding allocated to our public services, such as healthcare, education and transport.
Please do spend the few minutes it takes to complete it. It’s all confidential, but by taking part in Census 2021, you will help inform the types of services we need now and what we are likely to need in the future.
Every household should complete the census and provide accurate information.
After census day (March 21) the ONS will be following up with households which have not yet competed the form to advise on the support available to help them complete the census.
Households will never be asked for any payment or for any bank details as part of the census.
For more information or to order a paper copy visit www.census.gov.uk or call the contact centre on 0800 141 2021.