Posted: Wed 24th Feb 2021

Flintshire households urged to take part in Census 2021 – those that don’t risk a fine

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 24th, 2021

Households across Flintshire will be required by law to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in Wales and England.

The next census – which is run by the Office for National Statistics – takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

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

Answers to Census questions helps central government and organisations such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services.

Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use Census data as evidence to get funding.

It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops.

Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data.

It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Census 2021 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.

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete on online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Households are receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part.

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.

In Wales, households will also be asked a specific question about their Welsh language skills.

And those who wish to complete the census in Welsh can do so both online and in paper form.

There are “Cymraeg” and “English” buttons to switch between languages at any time online, and on paper you can use Welsh and English on the same form.

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

Filling in the forms is compulsory and repeated failure to complete it could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.

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