Census 2021 is not over

Even if you’ve missed Census Day there is still time to complete your census! Every household is required by law to complete the census and even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to complete a questionnaire. There has been a great response to Census 2021 so far, but everyone needs to respond as soon as possible to avoid a fine.  

Why should I complete the census – it doesn’t help me?

The census benefits us all by underpinning all the services every single one of us relies on. It provides information on our living arrangements, health, education and the jobs we do and the information from it will help inform policy at a local and national level for years to come.  From school places to the planning of bike lanes – census information is even used when deciding where to build new supermarkets, what food to put on the shelves and how many parent and toddler spaces to put in the car park.

Your information will never be shared

Personal census data is kept under lock and key for 100 years. No individual or their responses can be identified in the statistics published by the Office for National Statistics. In fact, your personal information can’t be seen by anyone who makes decisions about you. It cannot be used by government to influence benefit claims, a residency application, immigration status or taxes, or by landlords or any other private organisation.

I’m not a British citizen, should I be counted?

Yes. Everyone staying in England and Wales on Census Day, March 21, has to be counted.

If you can’t get online, there is support available

This is the very first time everyone is being asked to respond online if they can and there has been a terrific response.  If you need a computer or help to complete your form, you can go to your local library or children’s centre for support.  Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library have friendly Census Support Advisers that can help you.  Please e-mail libraries@lbbd.gov.uk or call 0208 724 8725 / 0208 227 3942 for further information.  Help is also available by visiting https://census.gov.uk/help/ or by calling 0800 141 2021, where you can order a paper questionnaire.

Find out more by visiting https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/census-2021