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Please complete the 2021 Census

The Office for National Statistics is working with Craven District Council to deliver a successful census in 2021, which will help local services to fully meet future needs. 

The census, taking place on March 21, 2021, will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the coronavirus pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible.

Households will begin receiving letters with online codes in March, explaining how they can complete their online census. People can also request a paper questionnaire if they would prefer to complete the census that way. 

There is plenty of help available, with people also able to complete the census over the phone with assistance from trained staff via the ONS’ free phone contact centre.

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: “It’s really important that everyone in Craven takes part in the Census. This will help us understand the needs of the people in Craven and across the country, and help organisations plan and fund public services for the future.

“Census results tell us where public funding is needed for public services like leisure, culture, transport and health – where we need more cycle routes, community facilities or GP surgeries.

“The easiest way to complete the census is online so please look out for your letter and fill in your details. It only takes a few minutes to answer the questions.”

After March 21, those who have not responded to the census will be contacted by field staff. They will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, wear PPE and work in line with all government guidance. They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit.

Census 2021 will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, 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 in 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