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How census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society in West Leeds

Households across West Leeds will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives 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 to be 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.

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Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed.

“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.”

Census day will be on March 21st, 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 sixteen and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Census Engagement Manager for Leeds North West is Elaine Thornton. If you have any questions, contact her at elaine.thornton18@field.census.gov.uk.

Visit www.census.gov.uk for more information.

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