Residents in North East Lincolnshire will this weekend be taking part in the national census, offering a fascinating picture of our local area.
The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a survey that happens once every 10 years and gives an up-to-date view of all the people and households in England and Wales.
Census Day takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
People across England and Wales have been written to about the census, with special codes being offered so they can complete the census online.
Paper copies can be requested by residents where internet access is not available.
The census gives you an opportunity to document the makeup of your household, as well as offering a view of the people living there.
The personal information you put on your census is only used for statistical purposes. Census statistics don’t contain any information that will allow you or anyone you live with to be identified. Personal information includes things like your name, date of birth and address.
The census asks for names and dates of birth to help us make sure that people are only counted once.
Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare. It’s also really useful for people tracing their family history.
The last census took place in 2011, and Councils have used that data since then to plan everything from new housing developments to regeneration projects.
The census is mandatory. It is an offence to supply false information or to not complete the census, and you could be fined. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.
The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.
To request a paper copy or a new code, visit www.census.gov.uk.