On Sunday 21st March, the census is coming! The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years and gives a snapshot of all the people in England and Wales. The information collected is vitally important for government and local authorities as it helps them plan services such as healthcare, education, public transport, libraries and support services. The data informs other official statistics, and contributes to policy decisions such as local government funding allocations. Filling in the census is crucial to shaping communities over the next 10 years.
Councils have been asked to help spread the word in their communities, to help ensure that as many people as possible take part. The census website has plenty of information about the census, how to prepare and how data will be kept safe. There are also a wide range of downloadable resources that you can use to support the census in your community including social media materials, leaflets and presentations.