Guest Blogger Farwa from Census 2021 is here to help!

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I'm Farwa, Community Advisor for the Office for National Statistics. Census Day is almost upon us! This Sunday 21st March is Census Day 2021, the time to fill in your census form to help form a snapshot of society as we know it. This data will help to inform central government funding.

It is essential that every household fills out their census, accurately, in detail and on time. The funding made available to Manchester will help ensure that essential services like transport, education and health remain to the highest possible standard for all residents.

Census data provides vital information regarding ancestry and historical events, forming content for shows like BBC's Who do you think you are? The data also directly affects the lives of people living in Manchester at present. The first ever digital census will allow for quicker data collection to improve the quality of life for residents in Manchester.

By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll help make sure your community gets the services it needs. For people who do not have access to the internet, or need help filling in their census forms, Census Support Centres have been set up in the city, along with help available at 13 of Manchester’s libraries. You can find more information here.

Manchester City Council Leader, Sir Richard Leese, says: “The pandemic has demonstrated the urgent need to rebalance the inequality that has been holding back the North of England for generations. By taking the 10 minutes to fill out the census you are playing your part in ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities and protection as others do across the country.

Once you have filled out yours, encourage family and friends to do the same. Only by having these conversations can we ensure the fairest possible funding for Manchester.”

To celebrate the occasion, high profile buildings in Manchester will be lit up purple to remind Mancunians to take part in Census 2021. The following buildings will be lit, following in the footsteps of the Emmeline Pankhurst and Alan Turing statues that were illuminated recently to mark the census year: Manchester Central, Etihad Stadium (Manchester City FC), Gorton Monastery, Didsbury Mosque, Siemens Building (Princess Parkway), Radha Krishna Mandir Hindu Temple (Withington).

These buildings encompass Manchester’s diverse population, sporting influence and rich history. Look out for your local buildings celebrating Census 2021 over the weekend and remember there is lots of support available for you to complete the census!

Telephone helpline 0800 141 2021

Language helpline 0800 587 2021

Text relay service (18001) 0800 141 2021

For more details about this year's census, visit census.gov.uk or send us a tweet on Twitter @Census2021

Enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to fill in your census form on Sunday 21st March!

Farwa x


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