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Help Nottingham's communities to get prepared for the Census

Census Day takes place this month on Sunday 21 March 2021.

We're working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to ask community groups in Nottingham to engage with their service-users about taking part in Census 2021.

It's important that all communities, particularly those that are under-represented and hard to reach, are able to take part in the Census.

The Census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. Everyone must complete the Census, it became a legal obligation in 1920.

For the first time ever, the Census will be being run predominantly online. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire using their computer, smartphone or tablet. Census day will be on Sunday 21 March 2021, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. Papers forms are available for those who need them.

The Census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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


How your community group can help spread the word about the 2021 Census

There are a number of ways your organisation can help promote the census, you can:

  • Raise awareness of the census in your own community organisation and direct your service-users to the main Census website 
  • Promote the census in your newsletters and/or on social media, or arrange for information to be added to an appropriate area of your website, logos are available to download here
  • Work with your local Census Engagement Manager to run a presentation about the census for members of your community - your local Census contacts are Tracey Lane, Census Engagement Manager for Noth East Nottingham and Geoffrey Handley-Harrison, Census Engagement Manager for South West Nottingham. Contact details for both are provided at the bottom of this article

What your community organisation can do to help on Census Day

Around Census Day, Sunday 21 March 2021, the main priority is to help people fill in their census form. You can do that in a number of ways by:

  • Telling your service-users when the census is happening
  • Ensuring your service-users get the help they need to fill in their census form, view this doc on Questions Members of the Public May Ask You
  • Providing support to service-users with accessing the internet, so they can fill in the census online
  • Arranging additional language support for your service-users whose first language is not English - accessibility and additional language resources will be available soon

Find out more about how your community group can help here.

Get in touch with your local Census Engagement Manager


Date Posted: 
Monday, 8 March, 2021

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