There has been a great response to Census 2021, but there is still time to fill yours in, and avoid getting a knock at the door from a field officer.
Millions of households across England and Wales have already made sure they count when it comes to planning and provision of the key services we all rely upon, like GP surgeries, school places and hospital beds, by filling out their online census form. However, it is vital everyone who hasn’t yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, 21 March, has been and gone.
Field officers are already out and about and will visit households who have not yet submitted their census. The operation will reach its peak this week, so more officers will be knocking at doors where records show there has been no response.
“Census 2021 has gone brilliantly so far,” Office for National Statistics Director of Operations Pete Benton said. “The overwhelming majority of people across England and Wales have already taken part and we’ve heard some great stories: from those completing their 10th census to those completing their first.
“But, for us to have the most accurate picture of the whole population, we need everyone to fill in their questionnaire. By doing so you will be helping shape the local services in your community – the bus routes, school places, the hospital beds. You can do it easily on line, but for those who want help, we have a range of census support centres across England and Wales, and paper forms are available for those who need them.
“Everyone is required by law to respond to the census, and if you do so now, you won’t be fined.”
The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a household.
The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper after Census Day and direct them to the support service they need. Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance. They will be operating in the same way as postal or food delivery visits. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census.
Assistance is available if required and our local support centres are still open to provide face-to-face help. You can contact the national Census call centre on freephone 0800 141 2021 or contact Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centres on 07849 794490
For more information, or if you have misplaced your letter, you can go online and request a new unique access code at www.census.gov.uk or contact Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centres for assistance.
Source: HDC Press Release 6th April, 2021