What is Census 2021?

Households across Newark and Sherwood are being 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.

It will be the first 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 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 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.

The census is 'digital first', but if you would like to order a paper questionnaire to be posted out to you, you can go online at census.gov.uk and order one to be posted out to you.

You don't have to wait until Census day to fill out your form, when you get your code you can complete it before that date if you are confident of your situation on 21 March.

If you require assistance to complete your Census questionnaire, you can call your local Census Support Centre to book an appointment with an advisor. The centres are available throughout March and are Covid-19 compliant if visiting in person. To complete your form, for more information or for a list of local centres go to: www.Census.gov.uk.

The nearest centre for Newark is:

  • Mansfield Community Voluntary Service
  • Community House, 36 Wood Street, Mansfield, NG18 1QA
  • 01623 392 444
  • info@mansfieldcvs.org

If you require access to a computer to complete your Census questionnaire, you can book the use of a computer at Newark Library by calling 01623 677 200.

To speak with a Census Advisor or if you have any questions about the Census you can call 0800 141 2021. This number is for general enquiries and you cannot complete your questionnaire this way.

You can also request a paper version of the questionnaire if you’d prefer to complete your Census that way by calling 0800 876 6276.

Virtual Census events

If you have any questions about the Census you can ask them at a live Census event. These can be accessed below and are on the following days:

14:00 - 14:30, Wednesday 17 March 2021, https://meet.google.com/xnj-gcui-ndx

14:00 - 14:30, Thursday 18 March 2021, https://meet.google.com/zkx-sqoz-aze

11:00 - 11:30, Friday 19 March 2021, https://meet.google.com/pez-jzho-vzo
14:00 - 14:30, Friday 19 March 2021, https://meet.google.com/ecx-ivcx-cne

Census Q & A

What is the census?

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. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs

When is it happening?

Census day is March 21. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?

The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors’ surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

How long will it take?

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh).

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?

You could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.

Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.

Census facts

At the time of the last census…

  • 114,817 people lived in Newark and Sherwood, including 5,141 students
  • 776 people were large goods vehicle drivers
  • There were 498 farmers
  • 351 people were medical practitioners
  • There were 166 solicitors
  • Just over 34,500 of you used a car or van to drive to work, although more than 7,000 worked from home
  • Other than the UK, Poland was the top country of birth, with Polish the most popular language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 1,131 of you
  • Newark and Sherwood was made up of 181 different ethnicities
  • There were 51 households with 8 or more people
  • 284 people said they were Jedi Knights

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