Tuesday January 12th

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Woking residents and help make Census 2021 a success.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides a snapshot of households in England and Wales, helping to plan and fund public services.

Emma Albery, Woking’s Census Engagement Manager, will help local organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders to raise awareness of the census and the value to all of us in taking part.

Emma, who has worked in community outreach for over 10 years, said, “I am really excited to be working with communities in Woking to ensure that everyone is counted and therefore represented in the census. The data will be used to inform so many aspects of our lives, such as the provision of children’s services and doctors’ surgeries and in the planning of transport links.”

Everyone across England and Wales will be asked to take part and the information people give will decide how services are planned and funded. Ultimately, it ensures funds are invested in emergency services, health care, school places and other vital services.

“The census engagement managers and community advisers we have appointed have a critical role in making sure everyone understands why the census is important and making sure all households across England and Wales know why it is important to take part and how to get the help they need.” - Pete Benton, Director of Census and Survey Operations. 

For the first time, the census will be run primarily online, making it easy for most of our community to complete the questionnaire on any device – whether that be a computer, a mobile phone or a tablet. Local Census support centres will be offering help, while paper questionnaires will be available for anyone who needs them. All census staff will operate in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance.

The 2021 Census will include a new question on veterans of the UK Armed Forces, as well as voluntary questions, for those aged 16 and over, on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The census will be held on 21 March 2021. While results will be available the following year, all personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk

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