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Taking part in the census is so important, as it gathers essential information that’s used for things that affect our community.

Households across East Boldre will have been asked to take part in Census 2021.

Census 2021 - April Update

Tens of thousands of people across Test Valley & The New Forest have already made sure they count when it comes to planning and provision of the key services we all rely upon, like GP surgeries, school places and hospital beds, by filling out their online census form.

However, it is vital everyone who hasn't yet responded does so as soon as possible now Census Day, March 21, has been and gone.

Field officers are already out and about and will visit households who have not submitted their census this Easter weekend. The operation will reach its peak next week so more officers will be knocking at doors where our records show there has been no response.

Everyone is required by law to respond to the census and if you do so now you won't be fined.

The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a household.

The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper after Census Day and direct them to the support services they need.

Field staff will never need to enter people's houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government Guidance.

They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census.

The census is a unique survey of all households in England and Wales. To be truly representative, it needs everyone to be counted.  That includes people with second homes, If you've not been to your caravan, holiday let or city commuter pad because of lockdown, you still need to complete a census for all your properties - even if there's no-one there - so that we get an accurate picture of the entire housing stock.

If you need assistance to complete your Census, you can make an appointment with our local Census Support Centres, either over the phone or in person by calling 0300 555 1387 and someone will help you!

Complete Your Census Online

We want to ensure that everyone can take part in the census and be counted.

This will be the first census run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on a computer, phone or tablet.

The target is for 75% of households to complete the Census online. This brings challenges for people with low digital skills or access to the Internet, so if you can, please offer help to family and friends who need help filling out the Census.

As a backup, paper questionnaires will be available for people that need them.


Census day will be on March 21, 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.

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.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

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