Introducing Guest Blogger Farwa from Census 2021

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Hi buzz Manchester blog readers! My name is Farwa, I'm a Community Advisor working in Manchester in preparation for the 2021 census, taking place in March. Very soon, households across Manchester will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. 2021 is the first year the census will be 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.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part, and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day is on 21st March 2021, 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.

This is the first time that the census is digital, and it can be completed from any smartphone or computer where there is access to the internet. If you feel you require extra support, at the ONS we are offering a whole host of support through Census support centres, free helplines and paper copies are still available to order. To find out more about this extra support, you can contact us here.

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

For more information, visit

Thanks for reading, and please get involved in Census 2021 this March.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Farwa x

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