Households in Hastings 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. It will be the first census run mainly online, with each household receiving a letter with a unique access code to allow them to complete the questionnaire.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” says Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics. “This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it’s 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 21st March, but households across the country will receive letters allowing them to take part from early March. The census will include questions about 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.

Harry Farmer, Census Engagement Manager, Rother & Hastings, says: “I’m looking forward to meeting as many of the communities of Hastings as possible, offering my help and support. With the assistance of Hastings Borough Council, their Councillors and key organisations like Hastings Voluntary Action, I’m confident of making communities aware of the importance of taking part.”

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