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To provide a snapshot of modern society

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 soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

Census 2021 - January Update

March 21st Is Census Day

Did you know? The first UK Census took place in 1801, the England & Wales population was estimated to be 8.9 million. By 2011 it had grown to 56,075,912!

Statistics from the National Census will be used for the next 10 years to help create policy, plan and allocate funding throughout our area and beyond. The census gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.

By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future. So this year, we are asking you to complete the census, and if you can, offer help to friends and family so we can collect the best data possible!


The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the Office of National Statistics 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.

Public bodies use census information to help plan and fund services like housing, education and healthcare. Charities and businesses also use it to inform their work and use it as evidence to get funding.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part.”


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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