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17 Feb 21

Census 2021

Households across West Devon will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

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. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: “There are some big changes to this year’s Census; namely the fact that it will be predominantly online for the first time. Yet it remains a vitally important mechanic for deciding where funding needs to go and how we should manage our services in the years ahead. It affects everything, including services that are vitally important to the everyday lives of our residents. I hope that everyone in West Devon fills out their Census questionnaire to provide us with the best possible picture of our population. It’s easier than ever with the first predominantly online census, so please take part.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

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.

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said: “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. For more information, visit census.gov.uk

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