What is the Census and why do we need to complete it?
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and provides the Government with a better picture of the households and the people residing within England and Wales. This information allows them to plan more effectively and make more informed decisions when it comes to funding public services such as education, transport, and healthcare.
Did you know?
– The information you provide will be kept confidential for 100 years, it will then be released into the public domain
– Participation in the Census is required by law, cases of non-compliance could see a fine of up to £1000
Making the Census more accessible
We thought it would be handy to share the easy read and large print leaflets as the Census documentation can be difficult for a person with sight loss to navigate.
Getting some help to complete your Census
- Free helplines are available until the 4th May 2021
– 0800 141 2021 (English)
– 0800 169 2021 (Bilingual/Welsh then English)
– 0800 587 2021 (Language helpline)
- You can find more information via the website: www.census.gov.uk
- You can book an appointment to complete the form via telephone
- Language guidance is available (to have the form translated in various languages)
- Accessible format guidance is available (e.g. British Sign Language videos and Text Relay service: speech to text / text to speech)
- You can enter your postcode via this link to find your nearest Census Support Centre (CSC)
- CSCs are manned but currently only providing a virtual service/telephone service due to COVID-19
- You can ask a trusted contact (e.g family / friends / carers / volunteers) to help you complete the form, as long as you give them your consent
Hopefully this information has been useful and helps you to complete your Census, if there is anything we can help please get in touch.