It’s that time again, when we all get our census forms and resist the urge to list ourselves as Jedi. While the response has been good this time, some people have yet to fill theirs in. However, it’s still not too late to avoid a fine.
According to ONS data, 90% of households have completed the census. That’s a pretty good fine, but everyone is expected to take part. Those who do not could face a fine of up to £1,000. Although census day has been and gone on 21st March, it’s still not too late to complete yours.
Doing so is important to make sure decisions about public services such as hospitals beds, school places, public transport and GP surgeries are based on the latest and most up to date information. Those who don’t might expect a knock on the door from field officers.
Iain Bell, the deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics in charge of the census, urged everyone to look out for reminder letters and fill out their census now.
“We’ve had an amazing response to the census so far,” he explained “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us exceed all expectations. But we want to make sure everyone counts and we won’t rest until every household has responded. Field officers are out and about knocking on doors where records show we have had no response. If you don’t want to get a visit, please complete your census now.”
The census questionnaire is simple and straightforward to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a home.
You should have received a letter. If you have lost it or it did not arrive you can go online at www.census.gov.uk and request an online completion code for your address via SMS messaging.
If you are struggling to complete the form online there are local census support centres across England and Wales offering phone and face to face support. Visit https://census.gov.uk/help/find-a-census-support-centre.
Alternatively, you can order a paper questionnaire by calling 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales for help or to order a paper questionnaire.