Census 2021

Households across Erewash will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

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.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March and will be the first 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. Residents can also request a paper questionnaire if they would prefer to complete their census that way.

At the time of the last census in 2011, 112,081 people lived in Erewash, including 4,868 students and was made up of 177 different ethnicities. Other than the UK, Poland was the top country of birth, with Polish the most popular language other than English or Welsh.

Erewash Borough Council uses census data across its services including planning and economic development, culture and leisure, monitoring equalities and to set and review its corporate policies.

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

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads GP’s and dentist’s services.”

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work - charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. Businesses also use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

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. You must complete the census by law. If you do not, or if you supply false information, you could be fined up to £1,000.

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

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk (opens in a new window) or call 0800 141 2021.