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News from our partners: 97 per cent of households respond to Census 2021

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News from our partners ONS (Office of National Statistics)

The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent
of households across England and Wales making sure they count when it
comes to local services like school places, GP surgeries and hospital beds.

This is above the pre-census target of 94 per cent, while all councils
have seen over 90 per cent of households respond, exceeding an 80 per cent of councils

For those who haven’t yet completed the simple online form, time is running
out. The online questionnaire will close on Monday 17 May 2021.

Now the main field operation has ended, as in 2011, around 350,000
households across England and Wales will be invited to take part in the
Census Coverage Survey (CCS). This short, separate, interviewer-led survey
will enable the ONS to get a final view of the response rates.

ONS’s Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell said:-

“We’ve had an amazing response to Census 2021. Our information shows 97 per cent of households have responded so far – exceeding our pre-census target of 94 per cent.

“Those who have taken part have done so to ensure they are represented for their local area. I’d like to thank everyone who has filled out their form so far as well as all the community groups, organisations and councils who have helped us make this census a success.

“We’re in a great place as we begin our Census Coverage Survey. This is an important part of making sure the census produces the most accurate population statistics. It asks similar questions to the main census, just fewer of them, at addresses in a selection of postcodes across England and Wales. An interviewer will carry out the survey on your doorstep and it will only take around 15 minutes.

“The CCS is a voluntary survey, but by taking part, you will improve the quality of the information the census gathers. This, in turn, helps to plan and fund local services in your community.”

Although Census Day – Sunday 21 March 2021 – has been and gone it is not
too late to respond online. It only takes around 10 minutes per person.

If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to
www.census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via
SMS text message.

After 17 May, only paper questionnaires will be available.

If people refuse to take part, they could be taken to court and issued with a
£1,000 fine and criminal record. The census non-compliance operation will
begin on 25 May.

Extensive community engagement is continuing to make sure all groups of the
population are represented in the census. Students, for example, need to make
sure they have completed a questionnaire for their term-time address to help
get the services they need in their university town now and in the future.
Students should complete a form even if they were included on their family
form at home.

People with second addresses also need to fill out a short form for their
properties whether it is a caravan, holiday home or commuter flat.

From 4 May, a sample of households will receive a card through the post
asking them to take part in the CCS. After that, an interviewer, following the
government’s COVID-19 guidelines, will visit the address and fill in the
questionnaire with you on your doorstep. The interviewer will be able to show
an ID badge on a Census 2021 branded lanyard.

For more information on the CCS visit Census Coverage Survey – Census2021. Local census support centres have now closed, but help and paper
questionnaires are still available through the census contact centre on
freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales.

Further information

Our response rate is based on the number of households where we have a
valid return as a percentage of all addresses which are not considered to be
vacant. Final response rates will be calculated after the Census Coverage
Survey and processing and will change this.