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Census 2021

Households across Bedford Borough will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.
 
The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
 
Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.
 
Census 2021 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.
 
“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at Office for National Statistics, said. “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.
 
“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete on online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”
 
Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. 
 
For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.