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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

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

Census 2021

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office for National Statistics the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first census 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 March 21, 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.

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

Leader of Fenland District Council, Cllr Chris Boden, said: "The information the census collects helps to decide how services are planned and funded in our area. This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, housing, schools, or new transport routes.

"It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of us all. There's no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs, which is particularly important in helping us to understand the true impact of coronavirus and plan for post-pandemic recovery.

"Households will begin receiving letters with online codes in March explaining how they can complete their online census. People can also request a paper questionnaire if they'd prefer to complete the census that way."

For more information, visit the Census 2021 website.

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