From 3 to 13 March residents will start receiving invitation packs in the post containing a unique access code that will enable them to fill in the once in a decade survey online – on computer, phone or tablet. The packs also contain answers to questions that people may have as well as information about how to complete the census and access it in different languages and accessible formats, including a paper copy if you need one.
Information from the ‘digital-first’ census will help decide how services are planned and funded in the borough. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing, transport and more. The Office for National Statistics, which runs Census 2021, is working with Rochdale Borough Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations. Census 1921 will be available for research next year.
In areas where lower online completion is expected, traditional paper questionnaires will be sent along with a pre-paid envelope so that they can be returned free of charge.
Census day is March 21 but you can complete it online as soon as you receive your code.
Although most will complete the census online there will still be support available for anyone who needs help filling it in, including guidance over the phone. Eight local drop in locations will be open providing free access to computers as well as trained staff available to provide assistance and answer questions.
Find out more at www.rochdale.gov.uk/Census2021
The Office for National Statistics runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.