Stuart Anderson MP has urged constituents to take part in Census 2021. It is a nationwide survey that happens every 10 years to build a better picture of what society looks like - the people and households in England and Wales and their needs. It also helps to inform decisions taken by policy-makers.
Households across Wolverhampton South West have been receiving letters through the post with an access code that will allow them to log into the website and take part in the Census. The survey includes questions about sex, age, work, health, education, household size, identity, and employment.
Stuart is encouraging as many constituents as possible to take part in the Census, which is being run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics. The results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years. Stuart has said that the results will allow the Government and other organisations to shape future plans for services that benefit local communities when it comes to healthcare, housing, and education.
In light of its significance, Stuart wants to ensure that everyone is aware of the support available if they experience any difficulties in completing the Census. Stuart has published a webpage with frequently asked questions and is signposting constituents to further support available via the Census contact centre, such as downloadable translations and paper questionnaires. Constituents can call 0800 141 2021 for free or visit www.census.gov.uk. To be accessible, constituents can answer in the way that best represents them including write-in options. The Census should take around 10 minutes per person to complete.
For those aged 16 years and over, there is a question about previous service in the UK Armed Forces. Stuart has welcomed this question, which will gather more information about the number, location, and needs of veterans. Stuart is currently serving on the Select Committee for the Armed Forces Bill, which will enshrine in law the Armed Forces Covenant - a pledge on behalf of the nation to ensure that members of the Armed Forces community suffer no disadvantage when they return to civilian life and access key public services. Stuart has said that the results of this question will help to better shape how local services meet the welfare needs of service leavers and veterans in Wolverhampton in future years.
Stuart Anderson MP said: “It is vital that everyone takes part in Census 2021. This is a once in a decade event. The information gathered will help to inform the decisions that we take on how to plan and fund public services, such as transport, education, and healthcare in the local area. I am particularly pleased that there will be a question on whether someone has served in the Armed Forces. It will allow us to better understand the numbers and needs of this group and to ensure that they are also supported.”
Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said: “A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales. It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future.”