Census Day is coming

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Households across Cheshire East will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides 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 also 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.

Census Day will be on Sunday 21st March, 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."

Jane Burns, executive director of corporate services for Cheshire East Council, said: "The census is an extremely important national event. Local councils, including Cheshire East, will be able to learn valuable local information about the people and communities we serve. We will get essential data, which helps us to plan our services for the future."

The results of the census will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years.

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