Census 2021 here! From 1 March until 4 May everyone in England will be asked to complete the Census, based on where they are on Census Day, 21 March. Support is available from York CVS and Explore York for anyone who is unable to complete the Census online themselves.
We held an information session on 24 February to provide more information about the support available. We welcomed Julian Cole from the Office for National Statistics to provide an introduction and overview to the Census. We were also joined by representatives from Explore York and York CVS who provided more details about the support available within York. You can download the presentations and watch the session in full below.
What support is available?
Support from York CVS:
- Support by appointment only – via phone or in person
- We can help people with paper copies if requested
- Initially Monday to Friday, appointments every half hour from 9.30 to 16:00
- If there is demand for evenings and weekends we will put on sessions and publish a new timetable
Support from Explore York:
Explore York can offer 1 to 1 support sessions at three libraries in York. These sessions are for people who don’t have online access or who will find it difficult to complete the Census on their own. Sessions will be available between 1 March and 4 May 2021 at Acomb, Tang Hall and York libraries. They must be booked in advance. You can get support over the phone or in-person. More information is available online.
More about the Census
The Census is a unique survey that takes place every 10 years in England and Wales. By taking part you help make the decisions that shape our community. What we learn from the Census informs spending on public services, things like healthcare, schools and colleges, and transport. To make sure these decisions are right for our community, it is vital that everyone in the community completes the Census.
Census 2021 is digital-first. This is the first time that the Office for National Statistics plan to run the Census mainly online. They have a target to achieve a 75% online return rate.